Posted on 18 April 2018

Humanitarian Snapshot: Mass casualties in the context of demonstrations in the Gaza Strip


Since 30 March 2018, the Gaza Strip has witnessed a significant increase in Palestinian casualties in the context of mass demonstrations taking place along Israel’s perimeter fence with Gaza. The demonstrations have occurred as part of the ‘Great March of Return’, a series of mass protests, expected to continue up to 15 May. The large number of casualties among unarmed demonstrators, including a high percentage of demonstrators hit by live ammunition, has raised concerns about excessive use of force by Israeli troops. Gaza’s health sector has struggled to cope with the mass influx of casualties, due to years of blockade, internal divide and a chronic energy crisis, which have left essential services in Gaza barely able to function.

Key Humanitarian Needs

  • Rapid deployment of quality-assured emergency medical teams to  conduct complex lifesaving surgery.
  • Procurement of essential drugs, disposables and medical  equipment to ensure accurate diagnostics and treatment of the injured.
  • Increase the number and presence of civil society partners to  document possible human rights violations.
  • Legal aid to address restrictions impeding medical patients from  receiving treatment outside Gaza.
  • Mental health and psychological support for children and families  impacted by violence.

*This figure excludes two Palestinian men whose bodies are withheld by the Israeli authorities and five of the fatalities during this period did not occure in the context of the demonstrations

Source of casualties data: Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza

Disclaimer: Data and analysis provided in this snapshot is based on preliminary information available. Further assessments are pending.