15 August 2014 | Issue No. 38
Update at 16:30
- 225,831 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are sheltering in 81 UNRWA schools.
- UNRWA is providing support to a total of 250,000 IDPs taking refuge in UNRWA and government schools.
- Calm prevailed over the reporting period, as day two of a five-day ceasefire held. Humanitarian agencies were again able to access all five areas of the Gaza Strip. UNRWA continued to provide essential supplies to women, men and children seeking refuge in each of its emergency shelters, participated in rapid assessments of the humanitarian situation, distributed regular and exceptional food assistance, rolled out psychosocial, health and hygiene initiatives and conducted maintenance and repairs to some of its installations.
- The population in Gaza is uncertain of what the future holds, and many families continue to move back and forth from homes to shelters.
- At the time of reporting, there remained 218,367 people sheltering in 87 UNRWA schools. The total number of people UNRWA is supporting through its own shelters and government schools, is over 256,000. Almost half of the displaced in UNRWA shelters are children below the age of 18.
- Better understanding the needs of IDPs in its shelters is an ongoing priority for UNRWA. The Agency has been rolling out an independent Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) assessment of its shelters to provide more detailed data on the access and quality of key UNRWA services including shelter provision, food, water and health. Special emphasis has been given to health and hygiene within the most crowded shelters. Protection topics affecting vulnerable groups such as women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities have been incorporated into the survey. To date, 27 installations of the current 87 total have been surveyed.
- UNRWA and WFP continued the exceptional food distribution to all families not currently receiving regular food aid from the two agencies. Over the past two days, about 41,000 of the eligible 143,000 families – or 30 per cent of the overall target - received a 30kg ration of flour and a 10kg ration of rice. A total of 10,531 rations were distributed yesterday, through 12 distribution centres.
Since the last update, the Protection Cluster recorded 2 additional fatalities; including 2 adults, a 90 year old woman and a 60-year old man, who died from earlier sustained injuries. According to UN information, the cumulative death toll among Palestinians stands at 1975. Of these, 1417 are believed to be civilians, including 459 children and 239 women.
Past 24 hours: IDPs in Gaza continue moving to and from the emergency shelters, due to the continued uncertainty of what the current ceasefire means. The streets are busy as people buy supplies and prepare for the possibility of renewed hostilities.
SUMMARY OF MAJOR INCIDENTS
No major incidents were reported.
Data on damage to UNRWA installations is based on preliminary information and subject to change based on further verification. UNRWA estimates that 103 installations have been damaged since 8 July 2014.
More information on the revised flash appeal can be found here.