Reports

9 August 2019 |
Buildings in Sur Bahir demolished on 22 July 2019 next to the security road along the Barrier. ©  Photo by OCHA

Nine residential buildings in East Jerusalem demolished due to proximity to the Barrier, displacing four families and affecting many more. Following a court ruling, a Palestinian family in East Jerusalem evicted from home, which was handed over to Israeli settlers; nearly 200 families face similar eviction threats. Ceasefire understanding in Gaza holds, alongside continuing impediments to the movement of local humanitarian staff. 90,000 children participated in UNRWA/UNICEF summer camps in Gaza, which provided recreational activities and psychosocial assistance in a safe environment.

1 August 2019 |

On 26 July, a 23-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed with live ammunition in the Gaza Strip during the weekly ‘Great March of Return’ (GMR) demonstration near the perimeter fence with Israel. This was the first fatality recorded in the GMR demonstrations since 10 May 2019.

29 July 2019 |
Demolition of three donated residences in Halaweh community (south Hebron) on 17 June.

The first half of 2019 has recorded an increase of 50 per cent in overall demolitions and 78 per cent in donor-funded structures demolished, compared to the equivalent period in 2018. Six communities in firing zones across the West Bank targeted with demolitions. 20 donor-funded structures were demolished or seized, and four others reportedly stolen by settlers.

23 July 2019 |

Longstanding restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from the Gaza Strip have undermined the living conditions of about two million Palestinians. Many of the restrictions, originally imposed by Israel in the early 1990s, were intensified after June 2007, following the Hamas takeover of Gaza and the imposition of a blockade. These restrictions limit access to livelihoods, essential services and housing, disrupt family life, and undermine people’s hopes for a secure and prosperous future. In recent months, OCHA has witnessed some easing of restrictions such as opening Kerem Shalom crossing on Friday for the entry of Qatari-funded fuel for the Gaza Power Plant (GPP) and an increase in the number of permits issued to merchants.

18 July 2019 |

A total of 359 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces during the reporting period in demonstrations held in the context of the ‘Great March of Return’ (GMR) in Gaza, a significant decline in such casualties since the demonstrations started in March 2018.

17 July 2019 |
Demolition of three structures in Khirbet ar Ras al Ahmar in the Jordan Valley on 30 May. Photo by OCHA.

May saw the lowest number of demolitions in a single month in about 18 months. Three communities temporarily displaced by military trainings in the Jordan Valley. Three donated structures were demolished or seized.

16 July 2019 |
Qalandiya checkpoint Friday 17 May. ©  Photo by OCHA

70 apartments at risk of demolition in Sur Bahir neighborhood of East Jerusalem. Relaxed measures during Ramadan allow West Bank ID holders to access East Jerusalem. Health facilities in Gaza benefit from improved power supply

5 July 2019 |
Vandalized Palestinian car in Sinjil (Ramallah), 25 June 2019.

A total of 494 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces during the reporting period in demonstrations held in the context of the ‘Great March of Return’ (GMR), which have been taking place in the Gaza Strip near the perimeter fence with Israel since 30 March 2018. Over 45 per cent of those injured were hospitalized.

1 July 2019 |

Longstanding restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from the Gaza Strip have undermined the living conditions of about two million Palestinians. Many of the restrictions, originally imposed by Israel in the early 1990s, were intensified after June 2007, following the Hamas takeover of Gaza and the imposition of a blockade. These restrictions limit access to livelihoods, essential services and housing, disrupt family life, and undermine people’s hopes for a secure and prosperous future.

20 June 2019 |

During the reporting period, 238 Palestinians were injured in a ‘Great March of Return’ (GMR) protest, which was held on Friday 14 June of whom 70 were hospitalized. For cumulative casualty figures and breakdowns, see here. According to Israeli reports, fires broke out in a number of locations in southern Israel as a result of incendiary balloons launched by Palestinians during the GMR demonstration, and on other days during the reporting period.

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