Gaza Emergency

Gaza Emergency

Repairing the water network in Jabalia camp, northern Gaza © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan

In 2016, Palestine refugees across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) faced continued Israeli occupation, repeated violations of human rights and high levels of violence. In Gaza, the political and security situation remains volatile. 6,750 Palestine refugee families remain displaced as a...

Children from the Gaza Strip playing. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam
UNRWA launched the 2017 UNRWA Emergency Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory on 10 January with an event in Aida Camp to create a human connection between donors and Palestine refugees and to showcase the unique contribution of UNRWA in serving Palestine refugee communities
#MyVoiceMySchool. Homs camp, Syria. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad
A student voice project that gives young people a say in their education and future.
Palestine refugee girl in front of her make-shift home in Khan Younis, southern Gaza. ©UNRWA Gaza 2017. Photo by Rushdi Al-Saraj.
10 January – 17 January 2017 | issue 177 “This job gave me the opportunity to meet new and more experienced people and to learn from them; I wish that all graduates could have the same opportunity I got.” Ala’a Abu Al-Ajeen, a Job-Creation Programme beneficiary. Read more here . Highlights Between January and November 2016, UNRWA created job opportunities for approximately 19,200 beneficiaries through the Job Creation Programme (JCP), injecting US$ 13.86 million into the Gaza economy. Out of the total job opportunities, approximately one third were awarded to women and over 4,600 to young...
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The scale of human loss and destruction in Gaza during the 2014 conflict was catastrophic and has, in the words of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “shocked and shamed the world.” During the 50 days from 8 July until 26 August 2014, 2,251 Palestinians were killed, 1,462 of them are believed to be civilians, including 551 children and 299 women. Sixty-six Israeli soldiers and five civilians, including one child, were also killed. Overall, 11,231 Palestinians were injured during the conflict, including 3,540 women and 3,436 children. Roughly one third of these children will have to cope with permanent disabilities for the rest of their lives as a result of their injuries. Today, more than 300,000 children are in need of psycho-social support.

During the violence, over 142,000 housing units were impacted by the conflict, of which 9117 were completely destroyed and 5,417 severely damaged. The conflict led to a homelessness crisis in Gaza, with almost 500,000 persons displaced at its peak; 75,000 persons remain displaced to this day. Over the past two years, UNRWA has distributed US 190.7 million as part of its Emergency Shelter Programme. An additional US$720 million are required, of which US$ 257 were pledged, leaving a shortfall of US$463 million.

Also, 118 UNRWA installations were damaged, including 83 schools and 10 health centres. UNRWA has since repaired and rebuilt all of its damaged installations.

More information is available here and on the #GazaOneYearLater campaign page and the Gaza eight years of blockade infographic

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Facts & Figures

 

2,251 people killed

 

11,231 people injured

 

300,000

persons spent some

time displaced

in UNRWA shelters

 

83 UNRWA schools,

10 health centres

& 25 other instalations

damaged

 

60,000 families

have not received

payments for house

repair works due

to lack of funding
(as of 20 November 2016)

 

  2014 Gaza conflict and UNRWA shelter response – updated Oct 2016

 

More information on the impact of the 2014 conflict and UNRWA response

Gap 63.28
Coverage 36.72

Funding Requirements

In the oPt, Palestine refugees are exposed to the lasting consequences of an occupation now approaching 50 years. In Gaza, a decade-long blockade and repeated cycles of conflict has rendered the majority of the population dependent on aid to meet basic needs. Unemployment rates in the small coastal strip are among the highest in the world, particularly for women and youth.

In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, violence and operations by Israeli security forces, access restrictions, forced displacement, demolitions, and other rights violations increased significantly since October 2015. As a result of this intensified protection crisis, as well as the impact of long-term military occupation, Palestinian living standards are undermined, and the demand for humanitarian assistance interventions has remained high.

In 2016, UNRWA needs US$ 403 million to meet the minimum humanitarian needs of Palestine refugees in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Read the full 2016 oPt emergency appeal.

 

Total Appeal$403,000,000
Received to Date$148,000,000
Gap$255,000,000
Coverage36.72%
Gap63.28%