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Electricity outages lead to bread shortages

Report
Gisha

July 31, 2014. Most areas of Gaza are completely without electricity. True to yesterday, only one high tension line bringing electricity purchased from Israel was functioning. Parts of Gaza City and Deir Al Balah have been without power for 48 hours. As a result, food storage is impaired. The ongoing hostilities have also made it difficult for stores to receive goods and re-stock their shelves. Shortages and difficulties in transport of goods are especially pronounced in Gaza City, to where many people have been displaced by the fighting.

Infrastructure

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Gaza: "Here I feel safe," Taking Refuge in the MSF Office

Around Shifa hospital, in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) schools, in neighboring homes, or with family members, the number of people displaced by the bombing is now over 150,000. That is almost one person in ten. The Palestinian staff of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is not spared.

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An UNRWA historic moment: UNRWA Commissioner-General briefing to the UN Security Council

Mr President,

Allow me to begin by expressing sincere appreciation to the United Nations Security Council for the invitation and the honor to deliver a briefing from Gaza City today.

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Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014) (S/2014/525) [EN/AR]

  1. This fifth report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014) and paragraph 10 of Council resolution 2165 (2014), in which the Council requested the Secretary-General to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of the resolutions by all Syrian parties to the conflict.

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Gaza: La falta de agua eleva el riesgo de brotes epidémicos

La destrucción parcial de la única planta eléctrica ha limitado a menos de dos horas el suministro de electricidad impidiendo el bombeo de agua a las casas. Esto, sumado a las condiciones de hacinamiento en las que están viviendo más de 240.000 desplazados, los daños en los sistemas de alcantarillado y la imposibilidad de llevar a cabo las prácticas de higiene diarias podría desencadenar aparición de enfermedades relacionadas con el agua

Madrid, 31 de julio de 2014

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CAFOD Press statement - Gaza Crisis

Gaza Crisis

CAFOD have committed £50,000 to our partners in Gaza so that they can scale up their response to the spiralling humanitarian crisis.

Matthew McGarry, who works with our partner Catholic Relief Services (CRS), describes the deteriorating situation:

“There are entire neighborhoods that have been basically destroyed. There are more than 240,000 people displaced with many more currently on the move.

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Food Security Sector Situation Report 17 (30 July 2014)

Highlights

  • Cessation of hostilities is urgently needed.

  • 250,000 people in need of food and other assistance.

  • Humanitarian assistance limited by safety conditions.

  • Massive destruction of houses and productive assets continue.

  • High and still increasing death-toll.

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency Situation Report (as of 30 July 2014, 15:00 hrs)

Highlights

  • An UNRWA school in Jabalia sheltering internally displaced persons (IDPs) was struck by Israeli shells, killing at least 15 people, including four children.

  • A four-hour humanitarian ceasefire was declared by the Israeli military but rejected by Hamas on the grounds that it did not extend to the entire Gaza Strip.

  • Incidents of multiple family member fatalities continue: at least 68 families have lost three or more family members in the same incident, totaling 360 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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Cellular communications services in Gaza in danger of collapse

Report
Gisha

July 30, 2014. The Palestinian telecommunications company, PalTel, notified that there are severe interruptions in cellular services in Gaza. In addition to the critical shortage of electricity, on which the sector is dependent, 12 cellular antennas have been damaged in the course of hostilities. Technicians had attempted to operate generators to compensate for electricity shortages, however, a technician came under fire by Israeli forces and was injured while on duty and since then, other technicians have been fearful to continue the practice.

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Gaza situation report 22, 30 July 2014

Nothing and nobody is safe in Gaza. To date, seven UNRWA staff members were killed. This morning, for at least the sixth time, one of UNRWA’s emergency shelters has been struck. In accordance with international law, including the 1946 Convention on Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, United Nations operations, personnel and premises must remain inviolable. There are limitations to UNRWA’s capacity to continue operations amid these conditions.

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Gaza: power plant destroyed, electricity and water supplies collapse [Video]

The Gaza Strip now has less than 20 percent of the limited electricity supplies it had before the conflict began. Sara Badiei, an ICRC water engineer in Gaza, describes the devastating knock-on effects of the lack of electricity for hospitals and water supplies in the Strip.

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Extra UK aid to get food into Gaza

The UK has announced £3 million in new funding so the World Food Programme can get emergency food to more than 300,000 people in Gaza.

The UK is stepping up its humanitarian response to the Gaza crisis with an additional £3 million for the World Food Programme’s emergency appeal to help deal with food shortages, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today.

This £3 million boost will provide emergency food for more than 300,000 people for one month.

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UNRWA Strongly Condemns Israeli Shelling of Its School in Gaza as a Serious Violation of International Law

Statement by UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl

Jerusalem

Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.

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Israel/Gaza: Attack on UN school in Gaza a potential war crime that must be investigated

Report
Amnesty

An attack overnight on the Jabaliya elementary school in Gaza, where more than 3,000 displaced civilians had sought refuge, is a possible war crime and should be independently investigated, said Amnesty International today. The attack killed at least 20 people and injured dozens more at the school, which is located inside the very densely populated Jabaliya Refugee Camp.

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IOF Commit Heinous War Crimes in the Gaza Strip; Attacking another UN IDPs Shelter, an Apartment Building and Dozens of Inhabited Houses Al Mezan: Death Toll Rises 1,349 Palestinians; 80.7% Civilians; 341 Children and 176 Women

As the Israeli military Operation Protective Edge continued for the 24th day, a new attack by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed 17 internally displaced persons; most of who children, inside a UN school turned shelter today early morning. The IOF also stepped up the artillery attacks on various parts of the Gaza Strip; especially in the eastern parts of cities, refugee camps and towns, and the northern parts of the Gaza Strip, alongside the borderline. Artillery shelling, which has a relatively high margin of inaccuracy, has devastated people as it hit numerous houses.

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Situation Report | WASH Cluster - State of Palestine | WASH | 29 07 2014

Key issues

The number of IDPs hosted in UNRWA shelters has reached the number of 200,337 IDPs in 85 shelters as of 29th of July, others are located in public schools, hospitals, churches, mosques and open areas. All of these people require water and sanitation services. Personal experience of WASH Cluster members regarding their own social fabric of families and friends indicate that the number of persons staying with host families may be much bigger than assumed.

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza emergency Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 29 July 2014, 15:00 hrs)

Situation Overview

Since the last situation update, at least 51 persons have been killed or died of injuries they sustained previously, including at least nine children and 13 women. According to media reports, however, the number of deaths during the overnight bombings is larger and may include as many as 36 additional fatalities, whose bodies are still buried under the rubble or who could not yet be identified.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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