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21 January 2015
Some twenty diplomats from nine countries visited the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to better understand the very difficult situation facing thousands of Palestinians this winter, particularly those who were displaced by the hostilities this past summer. Led by the Humanitarian Coordinator of the occupied Palestinian...
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Hani Uliwa stands in the ruble of what was once the family home. © UNRWA Photo by Shareef Sarhan.
20 January 2015
Hani Uliwa’s deadpan eyes move slowly across the cement rubble that was once his family’s living room. His movements are stilted. His greying skin wears the battered scars of a troubled life. A deep sigh is released before the 44 year old begins to explain what life has been like living as a refugee in the Gaza Strip...
Features
© UNRWA/Shareef Sarhan
16 January 2015
16 December – 13 January | Issue 75 Highlights In Gaza, a sense of political disillusionment prevails and there is nothing in sight that would have a positive psychological impact on the people. The biggest challenge for UNRWA remains uncertainty regarding the political future, the security environment and the...
Emergency Reports
Ahmad, 71 at the UNRWA al-Kabri school collective shelter in Jaramana camp, Syria. (c) UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad
16 January 2015
“Life in refugee camps in winter reflects the catastrophe of lives of refugees the world over,” said Abu Ahmed. “Crowded shelters with no ventilation, unemployment, insecurity.” Abu Ahmed is a 52-year-old father from Tulkarm camp in the northern West Bank. The camp community was left reeling last week after a house...
Features
© UNRWA/Shareef Sarhan
13 January 2015
The Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, H.E José Manuel García-Margallo, visited Gaza today to see firsthand the situation following last summer’s conflict and to hear about the long-term humanitarian and political support required to help families in Gaza recover and rebuild. He also was interested...
Press Releases
08 January 2015
UNRWA protects and assists Palestine refugees in its fields of operation – the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria – including during armed conflict and occupation. We do so in accordance with well-established humanitarian principles, including impartiality and neutrality, as well as international law.
Official Statements
31 December 2014
The last of nine shipments of wheat flour donated by Turkey to Gaza in 2014 has arrived in the coastal strip. The full donation of 15,000 metric tonnes, donated by the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of the Prime Ministry of the Republic of Turkey (AFAD), is worth US$ 6.25 million and will feed more than...
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JICA supports sanitation for internally-displaced persons in Gaza
24 December 2014
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has provided UNRWA with 137 cubic meters of chlorine, which is essential for water and sanitation activities in UNRWA-managed collective centres in the Gaza Strip.
Press Releases
22 December 2014
The Bizkaia Regional Government has contributed EUR 118,000 (US$ 151,000) to an UNRWA project designed to prevent and protect women in the Gaza Strip from gender-based violence. Gender-based violence affects many women in the Gaza Strip. While there is limited data about this kind of violence, a 2011 study* from the...
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Urgent Funding required to address unprecedented destruction in the Gaza Strip. © UNRWA/Shareef Sarhan
18 December 2014
More than twice as many refugee family homes in Gaza were damaged or destroyed during this summer’s conflict than had initially been estimated, according to the technical assessment just completed by UNRWA. “Based on satellite imagery and preliminary field work conducted immediately after the conflict we estimated...
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