Occupied Palestinian Territory: Escalation in hostilities Gaza and southern Israel - Situation Report, 22 November 2012


• An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Hamas came into effect at 21:00 hrs, 22 November

• Since 14 November, 158 Palestinians are reported to have been killed; this includes 103 civilians, of whom at least 33 are children and 13 women. 1,269 Palestinians were injured (MoH), the majority civilians.

• Six Israelis (four civilians and two soldiers) were killed and 224 were injured, the vast majority civilians.

• The UN and partner agencies are working to quickly assess and respond to immediate needs and fully resume regular distributions and services

• Priorities include ensuring proper treatment for the wounded; psycho-social support for those traumatized, especially children; and addressing the shelter needs of those families whose homes have been destroyed.

• The sustained opening of the crossings into Gaza, particularly Kerem Shalom, is critical to facilitate the movement of people and essential supplies.

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