Humanitarian needs in Gaza remain high. Rolling power outages of up to 20 hours per day greatly undermine the delivery of basic services and water quality is extremely poor, with 95 percent of tap water in Gaza deemed undrinkable. The overall unemployment rate stood at 41.7 percent in the second quarter of this year.
Seventy percent of the total population of Palestine refugees in Gaza are increasingly dependent on UNRWA to assist in meeting their basic needs. Over the past four years, in partnership with the United States, UNRWA has been able to improve conditions for Palestine refugees in Gaza in the areas of education, health, food distribution and shelter through a series of projects supporting the construction or reconstruction of needed UNRWA facilities and refugee homes.
Through a joint effort to improve the educational environment for Palestine refugee youth in Gaza, UNRWA and the United States have successfully partnered to construct seven schools across the coastal enclave, add 53 additional classrooms to 4 existing schools, and rehabilitate more than 170 classrooms to 41 existing schools over the past four years. Additionally, with U.S. support, UNRWA has reconstructed two health centres, two distribution centres, and 100 housing units.