Posted on 8 February 2018

The Monthly Humanitarian Bulletin | January 2018

Kidney Dialysis Unit at Ar Rantisi hospital in Gaza, January 2018. © Photo by OCHA
Kidney Dialysis Unit at Ar Rantisi hospital in Gaza, January 2018. © Photo by OCHA

UNRWA is facing an unprecedented financial crisis, risking the agency’s ability to deliver urgent humanitarian assistance in the oPt, including to almost one million people in the Gaza Strip. Electricity outages of up to 16 hours a day, continue to undermine the provision of basic services in the Gaza Strip, despite an increase in electricity supply from Israel. Funding for emergency fuel distributed by the UN to 175 critical facilities will be exhausted by mid-February; $5.6 million is urgently required to prevent a collapse of services. 17 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces across the oPt between 6 December 2017 and 30 January 2018 during protests and clashes, with some cases raising concern about excessive use of force.