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27 Feb 2015 description

Abdel Momen Abu Hujair, 47 years old, did not know that the beautiful house he built with his life savings would stand for only three years. The pain and agony he encounters every time he looks at the rubble is unimaginable. Abdel Monem has one son and three daughters, and works as a farmer in his family’s olive field and goat farm in Johr El-Diek in the eastern part of central Gaza.

27 Feb 2015 description

Bilin, Palestinian Territories | AFP | Friday 2/27/2015 - 18:30 GMT

Palestinian, Israeli and foreign activists faced off against Israeli forces Friday in the occupied West Bank village of Bilin where they marked 10 years of protests against Israel's separation barrier.

In what has become a weekly ritual, the activists marched towards the barrier which cuts villagers off from their fields.

27 Feb 2015 description
report ActionAid

It’s exactly six months since Israel's shelling of Gaza ended. Thanks to donations to ActionAid through the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal we're still helping women and children like Ghada and Mahmood to recover from the trauma and rebuild their lives.

The damage and destruction caused by 50 days of conflict between 7 July and 26 August 2014 was unprecedented in the long history of struggle between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories:

27 Feb 2015 description

27 February 2015, Geneva/Beirut – The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is calling for a greater support to Palestinian refugees and people affected by the Syrian crisis. Millions of people have been displaced and are desperately in need of humanitarian support.

During a two-day meeting in Beirut, focused on the work of the Palestine Red Crescent Society in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria, Movement representatives and other stakeholders stressed the humanitarian imperative of increasing support to refugees.

27 Feb 2015 description

TZEELIM, Israel | AFP | Friday 2/27/2015 - 13:43 GMT

by Hazel Ward

Once again this winter, following days of very heavy rainfall across the region, the banks of a riverbed running through central Gaza were breached, flooding dozens of Palestinian homes.

For the residents, there was no doubt: Israel was responsible after deliberately opening "a dam" to flood the enclave.

But an examination of the facts on the Israeli side tells another story, shattering a long-held Palestinian myth.

27 Feb 2015 description

Key issues

West Bank

  • Israeli forces kill a Palestinian and injure 24 others.

  • Israeli authorities demolish a structure in East Jerusalem and confiscate construction material for a donor-funded project.

Gaza Strip

  • Israeli forces injure a Palestinian man in the Access Restricted Areas (ARA).

  • Large areas flooded in the middle area.

  • Three children injured by explosive remnants of war.

27 Feb 2015 description

Gaza

A rigorous hygiene campaign is playing a key role preventing any major disease outbreaks in Collective Centres, some eight months since displaced people first sought shelter from the July/August 2014 hostilities.

27 Feb 2015 description

Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp

"UNRWA was not able to distribute humanitarian assistance in Yarmouk today, 26 February, due to persistent insecurity at the distribution point.

27 Feb 2015 description

Amman

H.E. the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Jordan, Ralph Tarraf, and the Director of UNRWA in Jordan, Roger Davies, opened the extension to Husn Preparatory Boys School in the Palestine refugee camp of Husn, in northern Jordan, on 24 February. The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Director General of the Department of Palestinian Affairs Mahmoud Akrabawi, a delegation from KfW Entwicklungsbank, refugee notables and beneficiaries.

27 Feb 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Catherine Weibel

After losing their father and their home during the most recent conflict, two young girls in Gaza struggle to come to terms with the past and look to a brighter future.

27 Feb 2015 description

UK-funded NHS surgeons have been treating war-wounded patients in Gaza since the ceasefire was agreed.

A group of UK-funded NHS surgeons has just returned from treating war-wounded patients in Gaza, 6 months after the temporary ceasefire was agreed.

The volunteer doctors have visited the region regularly for the past 6 months to carry out surgery on patients with severe injuries and train doctors in Gaza hospitals to improve their surgical capacity.

27 Feb 2015 description

NPA’s partner organizations are providing assistance to about 80 families who had to flee their houses due to flooding in the Gaza Valley.

In the middle of the night to February 22, Palestinian families living in the Al-Mughraqa area of the Gaza Strip were abruptly woken up when water from the Gaza Valley flooded into their houses and forced them to leave their homes.

26 Feb 2015 description

Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has recently opened the health center of the Kafr Nima town, the West Bank, after renovation, expansion, and equipment in cooperation with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), with $264,933 (QR 964,433) funding from the State of Qatar, represented in the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs.

26 Feb 2015 description

In today’s visit to the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City and the Old City of Hebron, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, James W. Rawley, together with diplomats from five countries and the European Union, as well as representatives from Save the Children and UNICEF, learned first-hand about the extraordinary challenges children face in accessing safe and quality education by speaking to students, teachers, parents, authorities, and relevant organizations.

26 Feb 2015 description

Jerusalem

Japan has announced a new US$ 32.2 million contribution to UNRWA. The donation will support urgent relief and recovery needs in Gaza, emergency assistance for Palestine refugees affected by the conflict in Syria, and the continuation of essential UNRWA services in the occupied Palestinian territory, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.

This donation is the largest ever one-time contribution from Japan to UNRWA. Japan’s total annual contribution in 2014 was US$ 28.3 million, a considerable increase from US$ 15.5 million in 2011.

26 Feb 2015 description
report Al Jazeera

Sheren Khalel, Matthew Vickery

Baharka Camp - Hudda Awad, 49, was born in a refugee camp. Today, under the weathered tarp of the fifth tent she's called home, she says she is sure she will die in one. "Most of my life I've lived in the camps," Awad tells Al Jazeera. "From when I was born in a Palestinian refugee camp up to now - all of my children were born in the camps."

Read the full report on Al Jazeera

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(26 February 2015) – Six months have passed since a ceasefire on 26 August 2014 ended over seven weeks of fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip. As UN agencies and international NGOs operating in Gaza, we are alarmed by the limited progress in rebuilding the lives of those affected and tackling the root causes of the conflict.

The Israeli-imposed blockade continues, the political process, along with the economy, are paralyzed, and living conditions have worsened.