Posted on 30 September 2019

Humanitarian snapshot: Casualties in the context of demonstrations and hostilities in Gaza | 30 Mar 2018 - 31 August 2019

Overview

Since 30 March 2018, the Gaza Strip has witnessed a significant increase in Palestinian casualties in the context of mass demonstrations and other activities along Israel’s perimeter fence with Gaza, taking place as part of the «Great March of Return» (GMR), as well as during hostilities and access related incidents. The large number of casualties among unarmed Palestinian demonstrators, including a high percentage of demonstrators injured by live ammunition, has raised concerns about excessive use of force by Israeli troops. Exposure of children to violence and lack of protection for medical teams are also of concern. Despite significant assistance provided, addressing the resulting multiple needs of the mass influx of casualties remains challenging due to the lack of funds, years of blockade, the internal Palestinian political divide and a chronic energy crisis.

*GMR casualties include fatalitites and injuries reported during Friday protests near the perimeter fence, protests against the naval blockade at the beach, and the night activities near the perimeter fence.

**Other circumstances casualties include fatalities and injuries reported as a result of airstrikes, tank shelling, openning of fire in the Access Restricted Areas on land and sea, incidents of attemping to infilitrate into Israel, incusions and land levelling activities. 

Source of Palestinian casualty data: OCHA, Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, PRCS.

Sourc e of Israeli casualty data: Israeli media

Disclaimer: Data and analysis provided in this snapshot is based on information at the time of publication and will potentially be amended as new information is received.