- UNRWA: Gaza Situation Report 198, 13–19 June 2017
- OCHA: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 30 May - 12 June 2017
- Statement by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the oPt, Robert Piper, on the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, 14 Jun 2017
Appeals & Funding
- 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan
- WHO: oPt Emergency Response Plan 2017
- UNRWA Emergency Appeal 2017
- Country-based Pooled Fund: 2016
- Humanitarian Response Fund
- OCHA in oPt
- OCHA Reported Access Incidents of Humanitarian Organizations Database
- OCHA Vulnerability Profile of Palestinian Communities in Area C
- OCHA: Gaza One Year On: Marking One Year Since the 2014 Escalation of Hostilities
- UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East)
- UN Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL)
- OCHA Gaza Crossings Activities Database
- Food Security Cluster: State of Palestine
- Human Rights Watch: Israel/Palestine - Events of 2016
Since the beginning of 2017, the UN and partners successfully delivered multi-sectoral assistance through inter-agency operations, reaching more than 680,000 people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas with dire humanitarian needs. A total of 18 inter-agency convoys have been undertaken, including one to Khan Elshih in which UNRWA and UN agencies reached 5,000 Palestine Refugees and 1,000 Syrian Nationals respectively. In addition, during 2017, 88 WFP-led airdrops dispatched 1,814.8 metric tons of food supplies for the besieged parts of Deir-ez-Zor city.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Last year broke records, but for all the wrong reasons. More people were forcibly displaced than at any time since the Second World War. Huge numbers needed humanitarian assistance to meet their most basic needs. Our budget, as a result, was the largest yet.
During the holy month of Ramadan, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is providing the most vulnerable Palestine refugees some respite from Syria’s devastating conflict by distributing suhour baskets and meat pies in its collective shelters.
PRS demographics for 2017
UNRWA released this month 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.
EU and UNRWA sign new landmark agreement and reaffirm joint commitment to support Palestine refugees
As the Syrian conflict enters its seventh year, the humanitarian crisis in Lebanon remains one of the world’s worst. Syrian refugees comprise approximately one fifth of Lebanon’s population which, combined with 450,000 registered Palestinian refugees, represents the highest per-capita refugee population in the world. The 1,011,366 registered Syrian refugees and as many, if not more, vulnerable Lebanese present a complex challenge for the government and humanitarian community.
Total number of Syrian refugees in the region: 5,069,463 (UNHCR, Government of Turkey May 11, 2017)
13.5 million people are estimated to be in need of assistance in Syria, including more than 6.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), in addition to significant reported displacement since Sep. 2016. (Source: UN OCHA, Sep. 2016)
1. Introduction and background
Rama, a 13-year-old Palestine refugee from Syria, is the fourth generation of her family to be displaced by regional conflicts. “My family comes from Haifa. [Following the first Arab-Israeli war], we were forced to flee to Syria. Since the war in Syria, we have fled to Lebanon,” says Rama, sitting in her single-room shelter where she lives with her family in Ein El Hilweh camp near Saida.
The present report, submitted in compliance with General Assembly resolution 71/126, contains an assessment of the assistance received by the Palestinian people and an assessment of needs still unmet and proposals for responding to them. It provides a description of efforts made by the United Nations, in cooperation with the Government, donors and civil society, to support the Palestinian population and institutions.
Fifty years of occupation of Palestinians and 10 years of siege imposed on Gaza have led to increasingly irreversible disintegration of the Palestinian territory and of its people. The establishment of a Palestinian state and wider regional stability have become more elusive than ever.
The Norwegian Refugee Council today warned that unless the ongoing injustices against Palestinian civilians are addressed there can be no meaningful peace process.
Difficult access through Gaza exits
• 3 patients die awaiting Israeli permits to access health care: a 5 year-old girl, 53 year-old woman and 59 year-old man (see page 5)
• Woman accompanying patient arrested by Israeli security at Erez crossing: court session due 1st June (see page 6) Number of referrals for Gaza patients reaches lowest in seven months: 14% lower than the monthly average for 2016
Jerusalem, 6 June 2017
This week marks 50 years since the start of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. For humanitarians this is the most long-standing protection crisis in the UN’s history.
It should be obvious, but it bears repeating, that Occupation is ugly. Living under foreign military rule for years on end, generates despair, suffocates initiative and leaves generations in a kind of political and economic limbo.
The following statement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres was issued today:
Today marks 50 years since the start of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which resulted in Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Syrians.
Exit of goods
Since November 2014, Israel has allowed limited sale of Gaza-grown and produced goods in the West Bank. Since March 2015, Israel has also allowed an even smaller number of products from Gaza to be sold in Israel. From 2007-2014, only export abroad had been permitted. The monthly average number of truckloads of goods exiting Gaza to all destinations in 2016 was about 17 percent of the monthly average in 2007, before the closure was imposed.
Since the beginning of 2017, the UN and partners successfully delivered multi-sectoral assistance through inter-agency operations, reaching more than 680,000 people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas with dire humanitarian needs. A total of 18 inter-agency convoys have been undertaken, including one to Khan Elshih in which UNRWA and UN agencies reached 5,000 Palestine Refugees and 1,000 Syrian Nationals respectively. In addition, during 2017, 83 WFP-led airdrops dispatched 1,712.3 metric tons of food supplies for the besieged parts of Deir-ez-Zor city.