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Stories from Gaza

Several of NRC’s Palestinian employees in Gaza are affected by the war. Some have become displaced themselves. Read the Said and Wafa’s stories here.

Said Al-Raee, NRC Monitoring and Evaluation Officer:

I have been working for humanitarian organizations in different countries for 7 years now. To be honest, I have never understood the feeling of being displaced, because I was never displaced myself. But now, I totally understand because I fled my home for several weeks.

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Renewed Gaza conflict threatens relief effort

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Caritas

Caritas staff in Gaza had been able to take advantage of a now dead ceasefire to deliver essential aid to the worst-hit areas. Now the fighting has resumed, it’s preventing Caritas reaching all those in need.

Israeli-Palestinian rocket fire resumed on Tuesday after Gaza truce talks broke down in Egypt.

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Gaza Situation Report 45, 22 August 2014

The current number of IDPs represents 6.28 times the maximum number of 50,000 displaced foreseen in UNRWA’s contingency plan and is unprecedented in the Agency’s 64 years in Gaza.

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency Situation Report (as of 22 August 2014, 08:00 hrs)

Highlights

  • Hostilities have continued, resulting in additional Palestinian casualties. The Palestinian fatality toll is now 2,042 of whom 1,444 have been identified as civilians, according to preliminary estimates.

  • The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has risen to 460,000, more than a quarter of the entire Palestinian population of Gaza. 280,000 are taking shelter in UNRWA schools.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Food Security Sector Situation Report - Gaza Strip Crisis, Report Number 28 (21 August 2014)

Highlights

  • The humanitarian situation remains alarming as the military activity is still on-going.

  • Gaza fishing zone is imposed as “no-go zone”.

  • 415,000 people reached by the special food distribution.

  • Animal vaccination need to be restocked.

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Q+A: Supporting children through conflict

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Mercy Corps

The ongoing conflict in Gaza has created a humanitarian catastrophe — hundreds of thousands of displaced families are in desperate need of food, water and basic supplies to help them survive as they wait for a lasting cease-fire.

While our team on the ground continues emergency distributions and water deliveries, they also know we cannot wait for peace to help children cope with the trauma they’ve already endured.

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Support to civilians remains top priority, as UNRWA calls on all parties to cease hostilities

A resumption of hostilities between Hamas and Israel over the past 48 hours has placed even greater urgency on the need for continued support and protection of civilians in Gaza. As numbers in its shelters climb to almost 280,000, UNRWA remains extremely concerned about the current and ongoing humanitarian crisis that has already had a devastating effect across all five areas of the Gaza Strip.

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Canada Providing Humanitarian Assistance to Palestinians

Today’s announcement includes an additional contribution of $5 million to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to provide emergency food assistance in Gaza. With this additional funding, the WFP will help at least 230,000 internally displaced persons by immediately distributing emergency ready-to-eat food rations; and, distributing emergency food vouchers.

Canada’s response to 2014 humanitarian appeals

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Gaza Situation Report 44, 21 August 2014

UPDATE AT 16:00

The number of IDPs seeking refuge in UNRWA schools is unprecedented: 279,389 IDPs in 83 UNRWA schools.

UNRWA is providing assistance to almost 314,000 IDPs staying in UNRWA schools and in 7 government shelters in the North.

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency Situation Report (as of 21 August 2014, 08:00 hrs)

Highlights

  • Hostilities have continued, resulting in additional Palestinian casualties. The Palestinian fatality toll is now 2,030, of whom 1,444 have been identified as civilians, according to preliminary estimates.

  • An estimated 1,000 of the 3,000 children who have been injured will suffer from a life-long disability.

  • Since 7 July, at least 140 Palestinian families in Gaza have had three or more members killed in the same incidentm for a total of 735 fatalities

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza emergency Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 20 August 2014, 8:00 hrs)

Situation Overview

A series of negotiated ceasefires, stretching over nine days in total, ended on 19 August before the midnight deadline. Hostilities continued overnight and into today, resulting in additional Palestinian fatalities and property damage. There has been an increase in the number of internally displaced as Palestinians, in particular from the northern and eastern areas of Gaza, seeking a safe place in emergency shelters.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Gaza Situation Report 43, 20 August 2014

UPDATE AT 16:30

  • Dramatic increase in IDP numbers due to military escalation: 261,341 displaced in 82 UNRWA shelters.
  • According to preliminary information by the Protection Cluster 17 killed in the past 24 hours. The cumulative Palestinian death toll climbed to 1,999, including 467 children and 244 women. Over the course of the military escalation, 66 Israelis were killed, including 64 soldiers, two civilians plus one foreign national.

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Crisis in Gaza 2014, ANERA Response Log - August 20, 2014 | Deliveries made despite resumption of hostilities

In the past 24 hours ANERA brought three trucks into Gaza and distributed 13,440 bottles of water, 1,065 hygiene kits, and 720 containers of liquid soap (USAID-funded) to families in two UN shelters. ANERA staff members coordinate and accompany these shipments on a daily basis to ensure they safely get to where they are most needed.

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American Near East Refugee Aid:

To learn more about ANERA, please visit http://www.anera.org/.

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Delivering Drinking Water to Gaza

When a short-term ceasefire was announced, children, women and men went into the streets with their empty bottles, jugs and jerry cans looking for places to fill them with water to drink. Bombing damage to infrastructure has created water shortages everywhere.

American Near East Refugee Aid:

To learn more about ANERA, please visit http://www.anera.org/.

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency Situation Report (as of 20 August 2014, 0800 hrs)

Highlights

  • Following a series of temporary ceasefires, hostilities have resumed, with rockets fired from Gaza into Israel and the Israeli military striking targets in Gaza. The Palestinian fatality toll is 1,999, of whom 1,434 have been identified as civilians, according to preliminary estimates.

  • An estimated 1,000 of the 3,000 children who have been injured will suffer from a life-long disability.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Sixth ERC delegation dispatches 10 trucks to Gaza

GAZA, 19th August, 2014 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) continues its intensive relief aid programme to those affected by the events in the Gaza Strip, where it distributes health, food parcels and water to the displaced families whose homes have been destroyed and resorted to the UNRWA schools.

It is expected that the sixth Emirates Red Crescent delegation to reach Gaza today chaired by Humaid Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of ERC for International Aid accompanied with10 trucks loaded with relief aid for those affected by the incidents.

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Dedication in Time of Crisis

With the economy effectively destroyed through the blockade, the number of Palestine refugees coming to UNRWA for food aid has increased from less than 80,000 in 2000 to over 830,000 today. Throughout the current military escalation, staff safety, closure of distribution centers and lack of access to UNRWA warehouses present a daily challenge to the Agency. Since the beginning of hostilities, UNRWA staff continued food aid distribution 6 days a week, with the 7th day required to stock up food supplies stored in UNRWA warehouses.

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Gaza Situation Report 42, 19 August 2014

GENERAL

UPDATE AT 16:30

The ceasefire was broken. 3 rockets were reportedly fired this afternoon from Gaza. There are reports of Israeli airstrikes in North, Gaza, Middle and Khan Younis.

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