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- UNRWA: More than one million people in Gaza – half of the population of the territory – may not have enough food by June. 13 May 2019
- UNRWA: UNRWA Health Department Annual Report 2018. 21 May 2019
- OCHA: Gaza Strip: Early Warning Indicators - April 2019. 21 May 2019
- NRC: Mother of four describes airstrike escape in Gaza. 21 May 2019
- OCHA: Gaza Crossings’ Operations Status: Monthly Update - April 2019. 21 May 2019
The Gaza Strip faces an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, impacting the livelihoods and access to essential services by its two million residents. This crisis has been driven by over 11 years of an Israeli blockade and an unsolved internal Palestinian divide, exacerbated since March 2018 by the massive increase in Palestinian casualties in the context of demonstrations taking place near Israel’s perimeter fence, as well as limited escalations in hostilities.
Longstanding restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from the Gaza Strip have undermined the living conditions of about two million Palestinians in Gaza. Many of the restrictions, originally imposed by Israel in the early 1990s, were intensified after June 2007, following the Hamas takeover of Gaza and the imposition of a blockade. These restrictions continue to reduce access to livelihoods, essential services and housing, disrupt family life, and undermine people’s hopes for a secure and prosperous future.
UNRWA Health Services Continue Uninterrupted Throughout 2018, Yet Health and Dignity of Palestine Refugees Remains at Risk
21 May 2019
A recent escalation of violence in Gaza has left dozens of families homeless and in need of aid. Within 48 hours of the ceasefire on 6 May 2019, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) was able to provide essential sanitary equipment and emergency bedding to almost 300 people.
Deep cracks coursed through the walls of Nariman’s home in the Shuja’iyya neighbourhood of Gaza City. Broken glass from the shattered windows lay strewn everywhere. To reach her home, she stepped gingerly over shards and rubble.
This week, 668 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 428 arrivals but a decrease from last year’s 923 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 95, compared to 61 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
Some 15,000 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (45%), Iraq (12%) and the State of Palestine (10%).
3,092 referrals issued to Gaza patients to access health facilities outside the Palestinian
65% of Gaza patient permit applications to Israeli authorities for exit via Erez approved
53% Gaza patient companions
85% of West Bank patient permit applications to Israeli authorities approved
80% West Bank patient companions
1 Gaza patients called for security interview, delayed
By Tharanga Yakupitiyage
UNITED NATIONS, May 17 2019 (IPS) - Too many children are dying as a result of explosive weapons, and the international community must step up to protect and declare children off limits in war.
In a new report, Save the Children documented the devastating toll that armed conflicts have on children psychologically and physically and is urging further resources and political commitment to protect them.
Thank you very much, Mr President.
The last three weeks have seen a deadly escalation of the conflict in northwestern Syria.
The Secretary-General has been warning about this for months. Last September, he stressed that it was “absolutely essential to avoid a full-scale battle in Idleb,” and warned that that would “unleash a humanitarian nightmare unlike any we have seen” in Syria.
When I briefed you here on 18 September, I said a full-scale military onslaught could result in the “worst humanitarian tragedy of the 21st century.”
An oPt Humanitarian Fund Success Story
Najwa Hamad is a 39-year-old resident of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip. Since she and her husband are unemployed, the family does not have a fixed income and relies on financial assistance from various sources, including their extended family.
EAST JERUSALEM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of €4 million (US$4.5 million) from the Government of Germany which will help meet the most pressing food needs of vulnerable, non-refugee communities across the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
STATEMENT BY DIRECTOR OF UNRWA AFFAIRS IN SYRIA AMANYA EBYE
On Tuesday night, as families gathered to break their fasts for the Ramadan Iftar meal, several rockets hit the densely populated Neirab camp for Palestine refugees in Aleppo, killing at least ten civilians and wounding more than thirty. Among those killed were four children, the youngest just six years old. A number of the injured remain in critical condition.
UNHCR provides assistance and protection to refugees and asylumseekers, including those identified in the context of mixed migration movements. UNHCR also supports emergency preparedness efforts in case of a potential major influx.
UNHCR supports the Tunisian government’s continued efforts towards saving lives through rescue at sea, as well as its humanitarian response for permitting disembarkation in Tunisia.
In late March 2019, the Palestinian Ministry of Health decided to stop financing medical treatments for Palestinian patients in Israeli hospitals. According to the new policy, when no medical solution is available within the Occupied Palestinian Territories, patients will be referred to hospitals in Jordan and Egypt.
The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global norm, unanimously adopted by heads of state and government at the 2005 UN World Summit, aimed at preventing and halting Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity. R2P stipulates that:
"Every State has the Responsibility to Protect its populations from the four mass atrocity crimes (Pillar I). "
"The wider international community has the responsibility to encourage and assist individual States in meeting that responsibility (Pillar II)."