490 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces during this reporting period from 18 November to 3 December .
Since 30 March, 246 people have been killed and a total of 25,461 people injured. 11,982 were treated and discharged from the Trauma Stabilization Points (TSPs) and the remaining 13,479 casualties were transferred to MoH and NGO hospitals. 6,068 people have live ammunition gunshot wounds, of which 5,264 (87%) present limb gunshot wounds2 .
At approximately 11:30am on Monday, 10 December 2018, Israeli naval forces opened fire at two Palestinian fishermen who were sailing about three nautical miles off the coast of Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip. The naval ships crashed into the fishermen's boat, causing it to sink, and detained both men. The fishermen had been working well within the Israeli-enforced permitted fishing zone. The two fishermen, Naser Al-Nada, 23, and Mohammed Saidam, 18, from Al-Nadi in the Mawasi neighborhood of western Rafah City, remain in detention at the time of publication.
Jerusalem, December 10, 2018– The United Kingdom is contributing an amount of up to £18 million, equivalent to US$ 23 million to the Palestinian Partnership for Infrastructure Development Multi-Donor Trust Fund (PID Fund) administered by the World Bank. This is the United Kingdom’s first contribution to the fund, joining a partnership of eight Development Partners.
Thursday 6 December 2018, Ramallah – To commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, the Representative Office of Canada to the Palestinian Authority and UN Women organized a 16 Days of Activism event in Ramallah today, inviting women survivors of violence, singer Bashar Murad, and hip hop group DAM, as part of the Haya: Eliminating Violence against Women joint programme launched in May this year.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLENARY
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 48TH MEETING (AM)
Delegates Also Pass Drafts on Atomic Radiation, Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
Upon the recommendation of its Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization), the General Assembly adopted 36 resolutions and 4 decisions today, on issues relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and decolonization, among others.
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 47TH MEETING (PM)
The General Assembly decided today to reiterate its call for the achievement of just and lasting peace in the Middle East while also failing to adopt a text condemning actions by Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza.
Through a recorded vote of 156 in favour to 6 against (Australia, Israel, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, United States), with 12 abstentions, the Assembly adopted a draft resolution titled “Comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East” (document A/73/L.49).
On 4 December, a 22-year-old Palestinian man with special needs was shot and killed by Israeli forces, while clashes were happening following a search and arrest operation in Tulkarm city.
On the occasion of celebrating Human Rights Day (December 10^th), we are thrilled to present to you 50 to '67 – Chronicles of Occupation – a unique book on which we have worked over the past year, born in the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories.
Throughout its history, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been closely associated with life-saving assistance, surgical operations, physical rehabilitation, reconstructive surgery, psychosocial support, safer behaviour in environments contaminated by weapons and other efforts to assist the wounded. In times of conflict, this is commonly referred to “war surgery”.
Throughout the Middle East region last week, reported fatalities dropped significantly – totalling about half of what was reported at the beginning of November. This drop may be related to a dip in reported battles; however, instances of remote violence have risen at the same time. In several countries, demonstrations made up the bulk of events, mostly related to economic or political concerns. In Yemen and Syria, the battle lines have remained relatively static, while in the latter the recent peace talks in Astana have yielded uncertain results.
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.
December 5 th, 2018 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has completed an economic empowerment project for poor Palestinian households in the City of Al-Quds, with a total budget of $282,000 (more than QR 1 million).
The project was coordinated between QRCS's representation mission in the West Bank and the Zakat Al-Quds Committee.
Recently, Phase 2 of the project has been accomplished, by purchasing and delivering diverse sewing machines and collaterals for 26 female-headed households in Al-Quds districts and outskirts.
This mid-year progress report covers the period 1 January through 30 June 2018 and is intended to provide an update on results achieved under the full range of indicators included in the 2018 Emergency Appeal (EA) for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). An annual report covering the whole of the year will be issued in early 2019.
2,578 referrals issued to Gaza patients to health facilities outside the Palestinian Ministry of Health
56% of Gaza patient and companion permit applications to Israeli authorities for exit via Erez approved (63% Gaza patients 48% Gaza patient companions)
83% of West Bank patient and companion permit applications to Israeli authorities approved
2 Gaza patient called for security interview,
IN FOCUS Shortage and lack of essential medicines and equipment impacts patients in the Gaza Strip
Statement by UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl
Over seven decades, UNRWA has been driven by a fundamental imperative: to ensure the rights and dignity of Palestine refugees are protected, including those who are the most vulnerable. Today, as the world celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UNRWA reaffirms its commitment that Palestine refugees with disabilities enjoy the protection they require to lead lives of dignity.
On 28 November 2018, the UNRWA Gender Initiative (GI) celebrated the graduation of 108 young women who participated in a 7.5-month training organized by the Young Women Leaders Programme (YWLP) and generously supported by the Big Heart Foundation. The training, which also included an internship period, focused on enhancing the graduates’ professional and leadership skills to improve their chances in the local job market, promote their role in local communities, and enhance their understanding of, and ability to respond to, gender-based violence.
Gaza Strip, 28 November 2018 – UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People organized a one day field visit to the Gaza Strip to explore some of the cash for work initiatives and youth employment projects UNDP is implementing in the area.
Neutrality is a UN commitment as one of the four “humanitarian principles” formally adopted by the General Assembly, and endorsed by UNRWA. The humanitarian principles ultimately derive from the UN Charter and are the standards against which the UN and other agencies carrying out humanitarian work are assessed by all stakeholders.
“It is not just about money, it is about saving lives.”
Bilal Basheer, 28, is a Palestinian fisherman and a lifeguard from Gaza who supports a family of four and has been in love with the sea since he was just ten years old.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLENARY
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 43RD MEETING (AM)
The General Assembly today concluded its annual debate on the question of Palestine and the situation in the Middle East by adopting six resolutions — including one calling for a final peace settlement to the Israeli‑Palestinian conflict — with some speakers warning against biased, one‑sided texts.