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13 Jun 2017 description

Tensions between Israel and Hamas have been escalating since the beginning of 2017. Shelling between both the Gaza Strip and southern Israel first increased at the beginning of the year and has been regular since, as both Israel and Hamas’ positions have hardened.
Tensions are also growing between Hamas and Fatah, and Hamas is finding itself increasingly isolated. 2017 has seen a worsening of living conditions in Gaza, which echoes the situation just before the conflict in 2014, and prompts concerns that larger-scale violence will break out between Hamas and Israel in Gaza.

13 Jun 2017 description

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Gaza has been in a continuing process of de-development as a result of multiple rounds of hostilities during the ten years of the Israeli blockade, the almost continuous closure of the Rafah passenger crossing and internal Political divisions. Even reconstructing the Gaza Strip to the pre-July 2014 standards will be far from sufficient to meet the significant humanitarian and developmental needs of the people in Gaza.

13 Jun 2017 description

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released over US$ 360 000 from its internal emergency funds to scale up its response and prevent the further deterioration and collapse of the health sector in Gaza. Following the shut-down of the Gaza Power Plant, Gaza’s 14 public hospitals and 16 health facilities face partial or complete closure of essential services. The situation is immediately life threatening for all those in need for hospital services out of the 2 million populations.

13 Jun 2017 description

JERUSALEM – Unless new funding quickly arrives, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) may be forced to suspend its voucher food assistance in July for nearly 150,000 people in Gaza and the West Bank, the majority of whom are women and children.

This is at the same time as a major energy crisis is affecting the impoverished Gaza Strip.

WFP urgently requires US$6.6 million to provide food assistance through vouchers for the next three months to the poorest non-refugee families in Gaza and the West Bank.

13 Jun 2017 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-fifth session
6-23 June 2017
Agenda items 2 and 7

Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories

Summary

13 Jun 2017 description

June 2017 marks 50 years since Israel occupied the Palestinian territory (oPt) as a result of 1967 Arab-Israeli hostilities. Large numbers of Palestinians were displaced, among them more than 120,000 Palestine refugees.

Fifty years on, the human consequences of the occupation remain inescapable for all affected by it.

The occupation cuts into every aspect of life for more than 2 million Palestine refugees, who represent some 42 percent of all Palestinians in the oPt. Lives that should have been defined by opportunity have been reduced to endless despair.

12 Jun 2017 description

SG/SM/18568-PAL/2212

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General is concerned about recent public criticism of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the integrity of its operations. He wishes to express his support for UNRWA and his admiration for the role it plays in delivering essential services and protecting the rights of millions of Palestine refugees across the Middle East.

12 Jun 2017 description

At the end of May 2017, committed resources to Lebanon amount to USD 1.41 billion, which includes USD 1.10 billion in donor assistance and USD 309.6 million carried over from 2016 by partners and pooled funds, as shown by the latest funding update released by the Office of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon Philippe Lazzarini. For 2018 and beyond, donors have so far committed USD 350 million in support of Lebanon.

12 Jun 2017 description

The Minister of State for Displaced Affairs, His Excellency Mueen Merhebi, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Ms. Sigrid Kaag, the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Mr. Claudio Cordone, and Mr. Abdelnasser al-Ayyi of the Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee visited today Nahr el-Bared camp (NBC).

The delegation met with representatives of the Palestinian factions and listened to youth representatives on the challenges and opportunities to improve living conditions and prospects of the camp's residents.

12 Jun 2017 description

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continue to target civilians and use excessive force during peaceful protests frequently organised by Palestinian youth calling for an end to the closure of the Gaza Strip. Israeli soldiers located along eastern borders opened fire at civilans with live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters killing one and injuring 19. With this incident, the number of fatalities since the begigning of demonstrations on 19 May 2017 rose to two, while the number of injuries increased to 52, including 8 children.

12 Jun 2017 description

West Bank/East Jerusalem

Demolition response

Demolished structures(Jan-May 2017): 256 of which 92 are residential, 61 inhabited displacing 445 individuals, including 254 children

Donor-funded structures: 79 of which 30 are residential 71 households have received a shelter response in 2017; 3 cases are pending.
Demolition or confiscations of all structures have affected 1,594 people so far in 2017.

Upgrading and consolidation

12 Jun 2017 description

UNRWA released its latest population figures in Syria based on the 2016 verification exercise. There are 438,000 Palestine refugees remaining against the 560,000 individuals registered with UNRWA in Syria. Out of those, 418,000 individuals rely on humanitarian assistance to survive, representing 95 per cent of the total Palestine refugee population in country. Approximately 254,000 were displaced at least once within Syria.

12 Jun 2017 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-fifth session 6-23 June 2017
Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Note by the Secretariat

11 Jun 2017 description

Tel Aviv / Gaza - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) calls upon the Israeli authorities to live up to their obligations under International Humanitarian Law (IHL), in clarifying the fate of the nineteen Palestinians who went missing during the 2014 conflict.

10 Jun 2017 description

Statement by Christopher Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson

On 1 June UNRWA discovered part of a tunnel that passes under two adjacent Agency schools in Maghazi camp in the Gaza Strip, namely the Maghazi Elementary Boys A&B School and the Maghazi Preparatory Boys School. The schools are located on the same premises. The discovery was made during the summer vacation, at a time when the schools are empty, and in the course of work related to the construction of an extension of one of the buildings.

10 Jun 2017 description
report Kuwait News Agency

BEIRUT, June 9 (KUNA) ­­ The Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS), in collaboration with the Lebanese Red Cross, on Friday doled out food aid to 5,000 Palestinian families staying at refugee camps.

The aid was delivered to the families, in the presence of Kuwaiti embassy's acting charge d'affaires to Lebanon Mohammed Al­Wagayan and Palestinian embassy's representative Hassan Sheshniya.

10 Jun 2017 description
report Qatar Charity

Starting in the beginning of Ramadan, Qatar Charity (QC) continues to implement Ramadan fast breaking and food basket projects. The beneficiaries of the two projects during the holy month are 98,700 people, including orphans, disabled people, poor families and other needy groups.

In this regard, QC’s Office has distributed 8030, out of 12,258, family breakfast meals till the sixth of Ramadan as part of its fast breaking project (one family meal is enough for four people).

Orphans Iftar

09 Jun 2017 description

Islamic Relief USA (IR USA) has generously contributed US$1.96 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Gaza to help provide 2,400 vulnerable Palestine refugee children with assistance and support that will contribute towards enhancing their resilience and coping mechanisms.

09 Jun 2017 description
report Kuwait News Agency

GAZA, June 8 (KUNA) -- The State of Kuwait has agreed to provide USD four million to the Palestinian authority for supporting the industrial and agricultural sectors, said Minister Public Works Mufid Al-Hasaynah on Thursday.