Gaza Emergency

Gaza Emergency

Palestine refugee students perform Karate during the Education in Emergencies project closing ceremony in Asma’a Preparatory Girls in Beach camp, western Gaza. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Al-Saraj
09 May – 16 May 2017 | Issue 194 Highlights To build on existing communication channels with the community, and expressing UNRWA solidarity with the Palestine refugees in Gaza during the current energy crisis which is compounded by the desperate situation caused by cyclical conflict and a devastated economy after almost ten years of blockade, Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, Mr. Bo Schack held a press conference in Gaza Field Office. During the press conference, Mr. Schack addressed many issues including the impact on UNRWA services in light of the increasing demands from refugees due to...
Artist Israa’ Musallam, 28 years old, is drawing on the walls of the UNRWA Gaza Field Office. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Al Sarraj
To spread positive messages, and add more colour to life among students and staff in Gaza, over the past six months approximately 190 young Palestinian artists have painted the internal walls of 70 UNRWA installations across Gaza. This has included newly-constructed UNRWA schools and the Gaza Field Office. The mural-drawing activity is an extension of the murals project which was implemented under the facilitation of the UNRWA Operations Support Office in Febraury 2016. “Through the colours of these paintings, we are trying to inspire and spread hope to everyone who sees the murals; sometimes...
A group photo of the UNRWA TV team with the YouTube Silver Play Button. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam
UNRWA TV received the YouTube Silver Play Button, an award granted by Google to the most popular YouTube channels. The UNRWA TV YouTube channel now exceeds 270,000 subscribers to its Education in Emergencies and humanitarian information programmes
Students from Al-Amal Preparatory School for Girls in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, participate in psychosocial support activities. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Al-Sarraj

In 2016, UNRWA completed the construction of 24 new school buildings, addressing the current and future needs of UNRWA students. In addition, over the past year the infrastructure and camp improvement programme completed the construction of two health centres, four...

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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%