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Gaza situation report 21, 29 July 2014

On 7 July UNRWA declared an emergency in all five areas of the Gaza Strip in response to escalating violence between Israel and Hamas. Since then, civilian displacement and fatalities have risen sharply. The total number of Palestinian deaths reported by the Protection Cluster currently stands at 1106 and the number of wounded, as reported by the Ministry of Health has reached 6600.

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Citing humanitarian impact, Ban warns against further escalation in Gaza conflict

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29 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly urged all sides to avoid any further escalation in the Gaza conflict, warning of the devastating humanitarian impact on civilians in the enclave who have already suffered immensely since the crisis started.

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Fresh Israeli strikes kill two children ahead of truce talks

07/30/2014 00:38 GMT

by Sakher ABOU EL OUN, John DAVISON

GAZA CITY, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - Fresh Israeli bombardments rocked Gaza in the early hours of Wednesday, killing two children, as Palestinian factions were to head to Cairo to discuss a temporary humanitarian ceasefire.

As the conflict between Israel and Hamas entered its 23rd day, international efforts to bring an end to the bloodshed that has killed more than 1,200 people continued apace, and concern grew over the high civilian death toll, especially among children.

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency Situation Report (as of 29 July 2014, 1500 hrs)

Highlights

  • Last night witnessed one of the heaviest Israeli bombardments since the start of the emergency, including the targeting of many residential buildings, resulting in dozens of civilian casualties.

  • Gaza’s sole power plant shut down after being hit and damaged: the additional reduction in electricity supply is expected to have a pervasive impact on the availability of food and access of people to basic services.

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Oxfam Annual Report & Accounts 2013/14

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Oxfam

Last year was highly challenging for Oxfam. We responded to 27 devastating emergencies, including a humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions in Syria, and supported the efforts of millions of hard-working people facing the injustice of poverty.

All that we do is only possible because of the contributions of our supporters, volunteers, activists, partners, staff, and the communities we work with around the world. Read our Annual Report to find out how we did it.

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Palestinian journalists under fire

Covering the military conflict and its ripple effects in Gaza and the West Bank, Palestinian media, including Hamas broadcast stations, find themselves in the IDF crosshairs

Following 22 days of a conflict in which 1,100 Palestinians as well as 47 Israeli soldiers and three civilians have been killed, the Israeli Defence Forces at dawn on 29 July, bombed the headquarters of Al-Aqsa TV, the Hamas channel, located in the Nasser neighbourhood, northeast of Gaza City. Despite the destruction of some equipment and material, the station continued broadcasting via clandestine studios.

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Situation report | Wash Cluster - State of Palestine | Wash | 25 07 2014

Key issues

An estimated number of 190’000 Internally Displaced Persons have taken refuge in formal and informal IDP shelters. They have lost their houses, have left areas where heavy fighting takes place and/or where services such as electricity and water are no longer available. The number of IDPs hosted in UNRWA shelters reached the number of 165,548 in 89 shelters on 26th of July, others are located in public schools, hospitals, churches, mosques and open areas.

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Global emergency overview snapshot 22 - 29 july

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Gaza: MSF strongly condemns attack on Al Shifa hospital

Yesterday’s attack on Al Shifa hospital, where nearly 2,000 people are sheltering, demonstrates how civilians have nowhere safe to go and shows the current difficulties of providing emergency aid in Gaza.

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Situation report: Gaza Crisis, Issue 5, 28 July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cease-fire attempts fail and violence continues, especially in eastern and northern Gaza

  • Killed and injured (MoH, as of 19:00 July 27)

o 1031 Palestinians killed, including 236 children, 93 females (aged 18-60) and 47elderly.

o 6233 Palestinians injured, including 1949 children, 1169 females (aged 18-60) and 257 elderly.

  • Mohammed Durra Pediatrics Hospital in Gaza city damaged, 7 of 30 injured died within 24 hours

  • Beit Hanoun Hospital closes after more damage

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Gaza death toll passes 1,200 amid latest talk of truce

07/29/2014 21:09 GMT

by Adel ZAANOUN

GAZA CITY, July 29, 2014 (AFP) - The Palestine Liberation Organisation expressed readiness for a Gaza truce and Washington said Israel had sought help Tuesday in calming a 22-day conflict that has killed more than 1,200 people in the enclave.

But the Israeli government remained silent on the subject while continuing its bombardment, leaving scores more dead more than three weeks after launching a military offensive against rocket-firing militants.

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Child death toll in Gaza approaches 200 and rising

Ramallah, July 28, 2014—The child death toll in Gaza approached 200 this week in ongoing Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, despite intensified efforts from the US and the UN to reach a ceasefire. The deaths come as each side unilaterally announced a series of humanitarian ceasefires over the weekend, all of which have been punctuated by intermittent violence.

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UNICEF on Gaza: Using or attacking school premises is unacceptable

Statement about attack on an UNRWA school in Gaza by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

AMMAN, 25 July 2014 – "Yesterday’s attack on Beit Hanoun Elementary Co-Ed A and D School – the third school hit this week – is proof that much more needs to be done to protect innocent children.

"Using or attacking school premises where children have taken refuge from the violence is unacceptable under any circumstances.

"UNICEF calls on parties to the conflict to respect the sanctity of children and schools.

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No safe place for children in Gaza

As the hostilities enter their twenty-first day, the number of children dying is growing. More than 1,000 Palestinians have been reported killed so far, of whom around 230 were children.

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Gaza conflict update: 'People are in desperate need'

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CARE

After an initial truce of twelve hours that was declared on Saturday 26 July, the situation in Gaza remains highly volatile with continuous attacks in both directions. According to UN sources, over 1,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died since the beginning of the conflict. On the Israeli side, 46 people, three of them civilians, have lost their lives. More than 200,000 people in Gaza have sought refuge in UN buildings.

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Gaza situation report 20, 29 July 2014

On 7 July UNRWA declared an emergency in all five areas of the Gaza Strip in response to escalating violence between Israel and Hamas. 27 July marked the twentieth day since the emergency was declared. Since then, civilian displacement and fatalities have risen sharply. The total number of Palestinian deaths reported by the Protection Cluster currently stands at 1,067 and the number of wounded, as reported by the Ministry of Health has reached 6,233.

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Working under fire in Gaza

Intense shelling resumed in Gaza on Monday night, but before the bombs began to fall Save the Children were able to distribute vital medical supplies to civilians in Gaza. Save the Children staff are on the ground doing whatever it takes. The challenge is enormous and our staff are putting themselves in danger to help save children in Gaza, but so far our staff have been able to:

  • Distribute medical supplies, packages and disposables from our pre-positioned stocks to our Health Partner Ahli Arab hospital of remaining

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency Situation Report (as of 28 July 2014, 1500 hrs)

Highlights

• Following a significant decline in hostilities overnight rocket firing from Gaza and Israeli strikes at targets in Gaza resumed today.

• 74 Palestinians, including 10 children and six women, are reported to have been killed, or their bodies identified, in the last 24 hours.

• Approximately 180,000 persons, almost ten per cent of the population of Gaza, are now taking shelter in UNRWA schools, compounding overcrowding and raising health concerns.

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Gaza: Humanitarian Response Activities (as of 25 Jul 2014)

Despite concerns on the limited humanitarian space in Gaza, which has put at risk the lives of the humanitarian workers; response activities have continued to assist and protect people in Gaza.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.