Situation Report: occupied Palestinian territory, Gaza (4 – 17 November 2018)
19 Palestinians were killed and 455 injured by Israeli forces during this reporting period from 4 to 17 November1.
Out of the 19 killed, four Palestinians were killed during the demonstrations, 14 were killed due to an Israeli attack which took place on 11 November, and one person was killed on 14 November.
Since 30 March, 246 people have been killed and a total of 24,933 people injured. 11,742 were treated and discharged from the Trauma Stabilization Points (TSPs) and the remaining 13,191 casualties were transferred to MoH and NGO hospitals. 5,981 people have live ammunition gunshot wounds, of which 5,178 (87%) present limb gunshot wounds.
In November, electricity from the mains grid increased from 6 hours to 11 hours out of 24; however, the emergency fuel supply to sustain the health sector will run out in the first week of December; this will be immediately life-threatening for over 1,500 patients dependent on electrical machines.
In October 2018, the Central Drug Store of the MoH in Gaza reported 47% of essential drugs at less than one month’s supply and 44% completed depleted. The 49 MoH primary healthcare clinics are critically impacted, with 66% of essential primary healthcare drugs at zero stock. The MoH is in the process of delivering 400 pallets from the Central Drugs store in Nablus to Gaza.
The Ministry of Health reports rapidly declining vaccine supplies across the oPt with imminent stock-outs over recent Israeli bureaucratic obstacles and challenges to import vaccines.
From 30 March until 31 December 2018, Health Cluster partners require $ 41.5 million USD to respond to the health needs from the mass demonstrations. To date, 64% of the requested amount was received, leaving a gap of $15 million USD.
On 14 November, the Health Cluster conducted a rapid analysis to assess the preparedness capacity. The current availability of preposiotioned stock amongst Health Cluster partners will not be enough to provide a sufficient response in the first 24-72 hours’ onset of an emergency. The Health Cluster is urgently requesting $ 3.6 million USD to upscale prepositioned medical supplies.