The total number of people with COVID-19 quadrupled during the reporting period, with the epicenter in the Hebron governorate. Three more people died in the West Bank and 13 are in serious or critical conditions. Revised Inter-Agency Response Plan for COVID-19 crisis is 66 per cent funded.
Fifty structures demolished or seized during May. Unprecedented number of demolitions during Ramadan, compared to previous years. First demolitions recorded in East Jerusalem since March. Two aid structures, worth almost EUR 10,500, demolished or seized.
Seventy Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized in the West Bank due to the lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 90 people and affecting over 280. This represents a 250 per cent increase compared with the weekly average of structures targeted since the beginning of the year (10). Sixty-one of the affected structures were located in Area C, including nine previously provided as humanitarian assistance.
60 new COVID-19 cases recorded during the reporting period. The number of people in home or facility-based quarantine declines significantly. Revised Inter-Agency Response Plan for COVID-19 crisis is 61 per cent funded.
63 new COVID-19 cases; first death recorded in Gaza on 23 May. The State of Emergency declared across the oPt on 5 March has effectively ended. Revised Inter-Agency Response Plan for COVID-19 crisis is 58 per cent funded.
As is the case globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has been the dominant concern in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) in recent months. On 5 March 2020, the Palestinian Prime Minister declared a State of Emergency after the first cases were confirmed in Bethlehem city. Measures included the suspension of most commercial and all educational activities, a prohibition on public gatherings, and strict movement restrictions. The emergency was subsequently extended until early June, but has effectively ended since late May, with banks, government ministries, shops, and public transportation networks reopening. In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli-controlled Erez Crossing and Egyptian-controlled Rafah Crossing have been largely closed since mid-March, with incoming travellers sent to quarantine facilities for 14 days, subsequently extended to 21 days. Overall across the oPt, there has been a remarkably low incidence of cases by global standards, with just five fatalities recorded. As of the beginning of June, 630 Palestinians in total are confirmed to have contracted COVID-19, including 179 in East Jerusalem, 390 in the remainder of the West Bank, and 61 in the Gaza Strip.
In this document
- Overview | March-May 2020
- Longstanding access restrictions continue to undermine the living conditions of West Bank Palestinians
- Additional treatment option available to cancer patients in Gaza amid tightening of access restrictions
- A crisis within a crisis: fighting Gender-Based Violence (GBV) during COVID-19
- Two years on: people injured and traumatized during the “Great March of Return” are still struggling
Concern over demolition of homes and WASH structures amid COVID-19 emergency. Increase in structures targeted in the first week of Ramadan, compared to previous years. Ten aid structures, worth almost 20,000, demolished or seized.
Twenty new COVID-19 cases; no new deaths recorded since 20 April. New movement restrictions to be imposed for the Eid al Fitr holiday. Revised Inter-Agency Response Plan for COVID-19 crisis is 54 per cent funded.