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Gaza blockade - no signs of loosening

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IRIN

DUBAI, 2 September 2014 (IRIN) - Nearly a week after a ceasefire agreement that was believed to include the partially lifting of the blockade on Gaza, no restrictions have been eased, say humanitarians and border guards.

NGOs are eager to increase aid to the Palestinian region after a 50-day Israeli bombing campaign left over 2,000 dead, thousands wounded and much of the enclave’s infrastructure in ruins, but access rules continue to present huge challenges.

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Red Crescent humanitarian relief-aid consignment to Gaza dispatched

In line with its humanitarian objectives, the Iranian Red Crescent dispatched the humanitarian relief aid and medicines consignment to Gaza Strip today on September 2nd, 2014.

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World + 46 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Voucher system provides vulnerable families in Gaza with critical supplies

GAZA – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have come together to ensure critical food, water and sanitation supplies reach the most vulnerable families and children affected by 50 days of armed conflict in Gaza.

During the hostilities, 78,000 displaced people in host communities, half of them children, received electronic vouchers which operate like debit cards, enabling them to purchase locally produced food, safe drinking water and sanitary products at local shops.

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Gaza Situation Report 55, 01 September 2014

UPDATE AS OF 1600HRS

Almost one quarter of UNRWA school buildings (156) continue to serve as collective centers. 55,086 IDPs – Palestine refugees and non-refugees – continue to take shelter in 36 UNRWA schools.

GENERAL

Past 24 hours: The situation in Gaza remains calm.

UNRWA RESPONSE

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Lebanon + 2 others
Humanitarian Bulletin Lebanon Issue 4 | 16 July - 31 August 2014

Highlights

• World Humanitarian Day pays tribute to humanitarian workers in Lebanon

• Fighting in Aarsal displaces Lebanese and refugees

• The ERF allocates US$4.5 to projects addressing water scarcity

• The HC travels to Europe to advocate for increased engagement in Lebanon

In this issue

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 29 August 2014, 8:00 hrs)

Five per cent of the housing stock is uninhabitable - around 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving more than 108,000 people without a home.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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World + 7 others
Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

A new snapshot highlights armed conflict causing widespread displacement and increasing humanitarian needs in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Yemen and Pakistan.

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 53/54 - 31 August 2014

UPDATE AS OF 1600HRS

Almost one quarter of UNRWA school buildings (156) continue to serve as collective centers. 58,071 IDPs – Palestine refugees and non-refugees – continue to take shelter in 36 UNRWA schools.

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PRCS’ Operational update 24-30 August 2014

PRCS increased its readiness to respond to the needs of Palestinians affected by Israeli attacks in various areas in the oPt. Below are the PRCS interventions during the reporting period.

General Situation in the Gaza Strip

• The open-ended ceasefire which entered into force the past Tuesday is holding, with no violations reported.

• Tens of thousands of internally displaced persons have left emergency shelters. However, over 100,000 people, whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged, will need longer- term shelter solutions.

Palestine Red Crescent Society:

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Gaza Situation Report 52- 29 August 2014

UPDATE AS OF 1600 HRS

41 UNRWA Schools are still serving as Designated Emergency Shelters (DES) for 55,849 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) whose homes have been destroyed or are uninhabitable. In most areas, IDPs have been consolidated into a reduced number of shelters, to allow for more targeted service delivery to IDPs and for a cleaning of schools in preparation for a return to school for children in Gaza. UNRWA is in the process of finalizing plans for assistance to IDPs who will remain in the shelters for a significant period of time.

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Christian Aid's Gaza Appeal tops £1 million

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Christian Aid

29 August 2014 - Christian Aid’s Gaza Crisis Appeal, launched just over five weeks ago to help those affected by the conflict, has topped £1 million.

Since the start of the latest round of violence, Christian Aid’s partners have provided urgent healthcare to more than 18,000 people, clean water for 128,640 and food for 4,650.

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Situation report: Gaza Crisis, Issue 10, 23-28 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Long term ceasefire begins August 26

  • Casualties (MoH, as of 19:00 August 25):

  • 2,130 Palestinians killed, including 577 children, 102 elderly.
  • 11,066 persons injured, including 3,374 children, 410 elderly).

  • WHO, health cluster partners and UN agencies begin field work for needs assessments and recovery plans

  • 51% of all major hospitals and clinics damaged since July 7 (map in Annex)

  • 27% of the hospitals closed due to damage or insecurity

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Gaza - new projects target at-risk populations

After initial interventions to provide food and hygiene supplies, CBM, along with its local partners in Gaza, will be introducing two new six month projects beginning in September 2014.

Psychosocial needs, eye care and general medical treatments

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Crisis in Gaza 2014, ANERA Response Log | Weekly summary (August 10 - 28 2014)

Five tanker trucks delivered 5,571,000 liters of drinkable water to 50 communal water tanks throughout Khan Younis, Jabalia, El-Bureij, El-Maghazi, the middle area, Zahra, Gaza City and Zaytoon.

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American Near East Refugee Aid:

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

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Protection of civilians weekly report | 19 - 25 August 2014 [EN/HE]

Key issues

● Clashes during protests against the Gaza offensive continued: one Palestinian child killed and 79 Palestinians injured

● Israel demolished 11 homes in Area C, displacing 54 Palestinians

● Gaza Crisis: for daily reports and updates on the Gaza emergency see: http://www.ochaopt.org/content.aspx?id=1010361

West Bank

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 30 (28 August 2014)

Highlights

  • Most of IDPs who stayed at shelters returned home although the number of people displaced at hosting families is still high.

  • MIRA assessment report to be issued and Flash Appeal to be finalised.

  • Transitional phase aid to be determined.

  • Extraordinary food distribution is ongoing.

  • In-depth clusters/sectors assessment due to start.

Key figure/ Issues

  • The military activity was halted due to cease fire announced on August 26th.

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Gaza: Acción contra el Hambre apoya a la población a volver a la normalidad tras el acuerdo de alto al fuego

· Tras cinco semanas de hostilidades y la consecución del alto al fuego permanente el pasado 26 de agosto en Gaza, la población vuelve poco a poco a la normalidad

· Acción contra el Hambre, que ha estado trabajando en Gaza a lo largo de todo el conflicto, despega ahora una gran respuesta de emergencia para apoyar en la reconstrucción: la vuelta a sus hogares de la población, el restablecimiento de las actividades comerciales, la reparación de edificios y estructuras dañadas.

Madrid, 29 de agosto de 2014

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During his visit to the PRCS Gaza: IFRC Vice-President Calls for Assistance to Affected Families in the Gaza Strip

(Al-Bireh - 27/8/2014): PRCS’ President Dr. Younis Al Khatib and IFRC’ Vice-President Dr. Francesco Rocca underlined the important humanitarian role played by PRCS and IFRC and called for more efforts to relief and assist affected families. They also urged the international community to provide adequate aid to victims of the Israeli attack and to call on Israel to respect IHL and the Geneva Conventions. Dr. Al Khatib and Dr. Rocca were speaking at a Press Conference held yesterdayin front of PRCS’ Al Quds Hospital in Gaza City.

Palestine Red Crescent Society:

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Gaza Situation Report 51, 28 August 2014

UPDATE AS OF 16:30HRS

The number of IDPs staying in UNRWA shelters is 52,235. 60 shelters remain open. Over the next couple of days UNRWA is expecting the IDP numbers to stabilize. It is still premature to draw conclusions regarding the number of IDPs who would opt to remain in UNRWA shelters for a longer period of time as their homes are uninhabitable, and those that may be able to return to their homes or seek alternative shelter options, such as staying with host families.

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