Gaza Emergency

Gaza Emergency

Recreational activity at UNRWA school © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan.
“I started my own business 15 years ago. I used to work as a driver but it’s a tough work with low return, so I decided to start my own business, which became the main source of income for me and my family. Through my project, I can afford my daughters’ tuition and provide for my family.”
Tala Al Masri, a Palestine refugee student in Grade 6, sits among her class mates at the UNRWA Zaytoun Elementary Co-Ed B school in Gaza. The school is adopted by the United Arab Emirates.  © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Mohammed Hinnawi
Sitting at the front of the classroom, 11-year-old Tala Al-Masri, is bright-eyed and attentive as she pursues her dream of an education at the UNRWA Zaytoun Elementary Co-Ed B School in Gaza. In spite of being born with a severe visual impairment, leaving her with little light in her eyes, Tala's passion for learning has been clear since she was a child. "Tala is one of the most active and wonderful students in the school,” her school principal Itaf Adel Hadi describes her. Born at the onset of the stifling Gaza blockade as a Palestine refugee, Tala has been exposed to poverty, deprivations...
UNRWA students participate at the kite flying event held at Khan Younis Training Centre in Gaza, in solidarity with the people of Japan. © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Sarraj
On 13 March 2018, over 1,000 Palestine refugee students from four UNRWA schools in Khan Younis, Gaza, gathered to fly kites of hope in commemoration of the seventh anniversary of the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to hit Japan. For the seventh year, messages of continued empathy and solidarity soared into the skies of Gaza. The Kites of Hope festival was held at the Khan Younis Training Centre in southern Gaza. UNRWA Director of Operations (DUO) in Gaza, Mr. Matthias Schmale, the Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine, Mr. Takeshi Okubo, as well as...
The World Social Work Day under the theme “Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability” © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Al-Saraj.
“The great thing about comic-drawing is that you don’t have to be a great artist to express your ideas. You only need a story and basic knowledge about drawing.”
Like so many in Gaza, a Palestine refugee in Beach refugee camp, western Gaza City, uses the only means at her disposal to cook, wash clothes and heat her home. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam

In 2017, US$ 402 million was required to cover the cost of emergency interventions in the oPt; however, as of 31 October, only US$ 138 million had been pledged, corresponding to 34.3 per cent of the total financial requirements. UNRWA would like to acknowledge the continued and generous support...

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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 84.41
Coverage 15.59

Funding Requirements

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 result of the 2014 hostilities and repairs to tens of thousands of homes have yet to be completed. The Gaza blockade, which will enter its eleventh year in June 2017, has led to one of the highest unemployment rates worldwide.

The situation in the West Bank is increasingly precarious. Palestine refugees continue to experience difficult socioeconomic conditions rooted in occupation-related policies and practices imposed by the Israeli authorities. These include a recent rise in the number of house demolitions, and access and movement restrictions. In addition, Palestinians continue to experience high levels of food insecurity, with those living in refugee camps particularly affected.

In 2017, UNRWA needs US$ 402 million for emergency interventions in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Read more in the oPt Emergency Appeal for 2017

 

Total Appeal$402,000,000
Received to Date$62,690,000
Gap$339,310,000
Coverage15.59%
Gap84.41%