State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report, 30 January – 26 February 2015

Situation Report
Originally published



  • The Israeli government’s withholding of an estimated USD 375 million in Palestinian tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Government, has led to increased tensions in the State of Palestine. This is jeopardizing the regular provision of public services and exacerbating the tense relations between the Palestinian Government and Hamas over the provision of services in the Gaza Strip.

  • Three children aged 2, 3 and 13, were wounded by the explosion of an UXO on 17 February, which they found outside their home in the north of the Gaza Strip.

  • UNICEF responded to the flooding of the Wadi Gaza, on 22 February, by providing children’s clothing, blankets, and adult and baby hygiene kits to 99 affected families through the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), in coordination with the Shelter Cluster and the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA).

  • The number of IDPs in UNRWA Collective Centers stands at 9,490.

  • Six months after the fragile ceasefire that ended the tragic summer hostilities in Gaza, the situation in the Strip is far worse than before the conflict. Limited access to essential and public services and slow reconstruction have increased the population’s vulnerability and hampered their copying skills.

  • Nearly 300,000 children in the Gaza Strip are still in need of psychosocial support, six months after the ceasefire. UNICEF, through the Palestinian Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR), has provided psychosocial support to 40,817 children (19,871 girls and 20,946 boys) since 15 September 2014. Additionally, 7,919 caregivers (4,000 females and 3,919 males) were reached through awareness raising activities.

# of affected population 2.3 million
(1 million children under 18)

# of people targeted in 2015 400,000
(of each 250,000 children)

(Source: UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children 2015)

2015 Funding Appeal * USD 37.3 million *January – December 2015 (includes USD 27.4 million for Gaza and USD9.9 million for the West Bank and East Jerusalem)

Funds Received (as of 26 February, 2015): USD 12.3 million