Reports

17 August 2017 |

On 13 August, Gaza’s sole power plant turned off one of two operating turbines due to a shortage of fuel, extending power cuts to 22 hours per day, up from 18-20 hours previously. Since 21 June, the GPP has been operating with fuel imported from Egypt, however, the deliveries have been repeatedly disrupted triggering shortages. This has further disrupted the already stressed provision of basic services, including health, water and sanitation

11 August 2017 |

Longstanding restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza have undermined the living conditions of approximately two million Palestinians in that area. Many of the current 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 continue to reduce access to livelihoods, essential services and housing, disrupt family life, and undermine people’s hopes for a secure and prosperous future. The situation has been compounded by the restrictions imposed since June 2013 by the Egyptian authorities at Rafah Crossing, which had become the main crossing point used by Palestinian passengers in the Gaza Strip, given the above restrictions on the Israeli-controlled crossings.

5 August 2017 |
Nursery at Al Rantisi Hospital operating on backup generators, Gaza city, July 2017. © Photo by OCHA

Only 24 per cent of the US$25 million appeal for urgent humanitarian interventions in the Gaza Strip, launched in early July, have been secured so far; ongoing electricity blackouts for 18-20 hours a day
Since the 2014 conflict, UNMAS destroyed 29 metric tonnes of explosive material from 149 unexploded aerial bombs, bringing clearance operations to a close.

3 August 2017 |

Three Israelis and three Palestinian suspected perpetrators were killed in the course of five Palestinian attacks and alleged attacks; four Israelis and one Palestinian were also injured during these incidents.

20 July 2017 |
The old city of Jerusalem, 16 July 2012. © Mahmoud Illean

On 18 July, a Palestinian man drove his vehicle into a group of Israeli soldiers at the Beit ‘Enoun junction (Hebron), injuring two soldiers, and was shot and killed by Israeli forces, according to media reports.

13 July 2017 |

Longstanding restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza have undermined the living conditions of approximately two million Palestinians in that area. Many of the current 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 continue to reduce access to livelihoods, essential services and housing, disrupt family life, and undermine people’s hopes for a secure and prosperous future. The situation has been compounded by the restrictions imposed since June 2013 by the Egyptian authorities at Rafah Crossing, which had become the main crossing point used by Palestinian passengers in the Gaza Strip, given the above restrictions on the Israeli-controlled crossings.

6 July 2017 |

Amid fluctuations in the sources of electricity supply, outages in the Gaza Strip continued during the reporting period for 18-20 hours per day, disrupting living conditions and undermining the provision of essential services. Since 21 June, fuel imported from Egypt has been entering Gaza via the Rafah crossing, allowing the Gaza Power Plant (GPP) to resume partial operation, after being shut down for the previous two months. However, this resumption only compensated for the 30-35 per cent reduction in electricity supply from Israel that began after 19 June, which was done at the request of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA). The restarting of the GPP did not result in an overall gain in the provision of electricity. Additionally, between 30 June and 2 July, the electricity supply from Egypt via feeder lines (15-20 per cent of the overall supply to Gaza) was not working, due to a technical malfunctioning

3 July 2017 |
Abeer al Nemnem and her daughters sitting at the porch of their house in Ash Shati Refugee Camp, Gaza, May 2017. ©  Photo by OCHA.

This Humanitarian Bulletin coincides with the 50th anniversary of the June 1967 war and the start of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. To mark the occasion, this issue revisits the cases of ten Palestinians who featured in previous OCHA publications, to illustrate some of the enduring humanitarian concerns in the occupied Palestinian territory.

3 July 2017 |

In December 2016, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) launched its Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2017. Since then, the situation in the Gaza Strip has significantly worsened, due to a dramatic deterioration in the energy situation and other developments related to internal Palestinian dynamics, affecting the entire population of two million people. In response, the HCT, including UNRWA, has identified the following top priority, life-saving interventions needed in the Health, WASH and Food Security sectors to address the most acute humanitarian needs today. Many of these interventions were previously included in the 2017 HRP but remain unfunded despite the added urgency. Other interventions are new interventions that will now be added to the HRP to address the changing humanitarian context. These prioritized funding requirements amount to US $25.2 million. Failure to respond to these needs will exacerbate human suffering and increase the risk of a new round of violence.

23 June 2017 |

In June 2007, following hostilities between Fatah and Hamas, the latter took control of the Gaza Strip, starting a divide between the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA) and the de-facto Hamas authorities in Gaza, which still continues.

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