In the early morning of 5 July, after 48 hours of ground presence, the Israeli Armed Forces withdrew from the Jenin Palestine Refugee Camp, allowing UNRWA staff to enter for the first time. The team saw colossal damage to the camp’s infrastructure, including to its roads and water network. The UNRWA health centre in the camp sustained extensive damage; the road to the UNRWA school was impassable. During the operation, 3,000 people fled, 140 were injured (of whom 20 critically) and 13 were killed, including four children.
UNRWA has 90 staff in the camp. They are undertaking damage and needs’ assessment that will inform the UNRWA response in the coming days and weeks. This will include the delivery of cash assistance to those families most impacted, psychological first aid, primary health care and support to local authorities with restoration of basic services.