2 July 2020 |
Photo by Shevet Achim
An eight-month-old baby boy, who needed a heart surgery at an Israeli hospital, could not exit Gaza and died on 18 June. Since 21 May, the PA has not accepted or transferred applications for exit permits from Gaza to the Israeli authorities, as a response to Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank. Since then, only few patients referred for medical treatment in the West Bank or Israel managed to exit Gaza, with the help of NGOs or international agencies
1 July 2020 |
Photo by the World Health Organization

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.

24 June 2020 |
My son used to live here, but today [14 May] the Israeli authorities demolished his home’ (Dar Faza’a, Ramallah 14 May 2020). Photo by OCHA.

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.

18 June 2020 |

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.

16 June 2020 |
UNRWA Jerusalem Health Centre. © 2020 UNRWA Photo by Louise Wateridge

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.

4 June 2020 |
On 30 May, Israeli border policemen opened fire at, and killed, a 31-year-old autistic Palestinian man, who ran away after being ordered to stop in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Israeli authorities opened an investigation. Since the beginning of the year, 15 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier have been killed in various incidents across the West Bank.
3 June 2020 |
Aid delivery to Gaza, 2 June 2020. Photo by WHO

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.

2 June 2020 |
Dignity kits containing essential hygiene supplies for vulnerable women distributed by UNFPA

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.

22 May 2020 |
Donor-funded residential and livelihood structures demolished in Deir al Qilt Bedouin community (Jericho), 26 April 2020. Photo by OCHA.

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.

19 May 2020 |
Medical check-up at the UNRWA Bethlehem Health Centre. © Photo by UNRWA

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.