The Gaza Strip faces an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, impacting the livelihoods and provision of essential services to Gaza’s two million residents. This crisis has been driven by over 11 years of an Israeli blockade and an unsolved internal Palestinian divide, exacerbated since 30 March 2018 by the massive increase in Palestinian casualties in the context of mass demonstrations taking place near Israel’s perimeter fence.
As of the 11th July 12:00, the latest figures provided by the Ministry of Health (MoH) indicate that 2 Palestinians were killed, including 1 child and 570 were injured by Israeli forces from 3rd to the 11th July, as a result of the mass demonstrations.
Out of the 570 injuries, 249 required transfer to the MoH hospitals or to NGO clinics including 56 children, and 49 females. From the hospitalized injuries, 7 cases were critically life-threatening, 90 moderate, 145 mild, and the remaining 7 were unspecified cases.
The seven-year conflict in Syria has left its mark on the entire country, but for Palestine refugees, already one of the most vulnerable groups in society, before the conflict, have been amongst the worst affected. Many Palestine refugee children have lost their homes and in some cases a family member as well. Many have experienced displacement, trauma, intense fear and disruption to their normal lives. "The psychological effects of the prolonged Syrian conflict have been devastating for many of those affected. Children are especially vulnerable.
(Jerusalem - 7/8/2018): The Qatar Red Crescent Society recently donated two state-of-the-art and fully equipped ambulances to PRCS’ branch in Jerusalem thus raising the number of ambulances operated by the branch to 16. This donation will help enhance emergency services offered to Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem and neighboring areas as well as to all Palestinians receiving treatment in Jerusalem hospitals.
The Society’s Emergency Medical Centre in occupied Jerusalem deals on average with 650 emergencies every month.
$4.8 million urgently required for trauma management and emergency healthcare response to Gaza demonstrations.
Housing survey reveals that 43,700 substandard homes in Gaza require full reconstruction or emergency shelter assistance
Military order allowing the demolition of new unlicensed structures in Area C within 96 hours from the issuance of a notice, frozen, pending decision by Israeli Supreme Court.
In response to incendiary kites and balloons flown from Gaza into Israel, and which have burned hundreds of acres of agricultural land, the Israeli government decided on 9 July to close the Kerem Shalom crossing point, the main entry point for cargo coming into Gaza. The new Israeli restrictions ban all imports - including of construction materials - except food, hygiene/medical supplies, fuel, animal feed and livestock. Exports from Gaza have also been frozen until further notice. In addition, the fishing zone has been reduced from 9 to 6 nautical miles.
Part 1 Referrals
May Referrals by the Ministry of Health
More than 13,000 people have been injured since March following demonstrations on the border between Gaza and Israel. HI recently deployed 10 emergency teams to provide rehabilitation care and psychological support to affected people in Gaza.
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As of the 4 th July 16:00, the latest figures provided by the Ministry of Health (MoH) indicate that 3 Palestinians were killed (including a 14-year old child) and 440 were injured by Israeli forces from 23th June to the 4 th July, as a result of the mass demonstrations.
The Big Heart Foundation, based in Sharjah, made a US$100,000 contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and, in support of the Agency’s recently launched call for funds, “A lifeline for Gaza: sustaining urgent health services for Palestine refugees”. The UNRWA appeal seeks to support UNRWA in responding to the short and medium-term health care and psychosocial needs of Palestine refugees injured during the ongoing Great March of Return demonstrations which began on 30 March 2018.
As of the 26th June 16:00, the latest figures provided by the Ministry of Health (MoH) indicate that 5 Palestinians were killed (including a 13-year old child) and 220 were injured by Israeli forces from 12th to the 26th June, as a result of the mass demonstrations.
Out of the 220 injuries, 100 required transfer to the MoH hospitals or to NGO clinics (17 children, 8 females and 92 males). From the hospitalized injuries, 8 cases were critically life-threatening, 38 moderate, 50 mild, and the remaining 4 were unspecified cases1.
"At this point, we do not have income to ensure the schools will open on time in August,” UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl told officials from more than seventy UN Member States at the UNRWA Annual Pledging Conference held in UN Headquarters in New York. “And, in the absence of significant new funding, we will have to begin taking very difficult measures in July impacting the level of services, as well as our staff.”
Thank you so much Mr. President,
Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA, 1st Meeting (PM)
A total of 20 donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2018 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials called for stable financing for the Agency amid devastating conflicts and violence in the Middle East.
UK to deliver support earlier than planned to ensure vulnerable Palestinians continue to receive vital aid.
UK aid is supporting the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) to educate 500,000 children and provide health services for 3 million Palestinian refugees.
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The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Hamas de facto administration in the Gaza Strip have launched brutal crackdowns on peaceful demonstrators over the last two weeks. Amnesty International strongly condemns the violent actions of the security forces calls on both authorities to take immediate and effective steps to rein in the security forces, uphold the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and bring to justice those responsible for arbitrary or abusive force.