IDF Operation Cast Lead has wrought unprecedented devastation and hardship on an already impoverished population, compounding the effects of an 18 month blockade and tight regime of closures and restrictions on movement that date back to the early 1990s.
Since the start of the IDF operation, UNRWA has continued to assist and protect Palestine refugees, who represent over 1,000,000ofthe 1,400,000 residents of Gaza, including through delivery of food aid and provision of temporary shelter. Assistance has also been extended to needy non-refugees, in close coordination with other aid partners. With a ceasefire now in place, UNRWA is urgently seeking funds to meet the costs of restoring full service provision in Gaza as soon as possible and to address the immediate post conflict needs of affected families. Initiatives are also planned in support of longer-term recovery efforts.