Situation Reports

In response to sudden-onset, large-scale emergencies, OCHA prepares Situation Reports that capture the overall scale of the disaster and humanitarian needs, the response given, funding of the emergency and gaps. Situation reports are key humanitarian products that help coordinate efforts, avoid duplication of humanitarian work and fill in the gaps.

4 September 2014 |

The open-ended ceasefire which entered into force on 26 August is holding, with no violations reported. The Palestinian fatality toll is 2,131, of whom 1,473 have been identified as civilians, including 501 children, according to preliminary assessments. Approximately 110,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) still remain in UNRWA emergency shelters and with host families. 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving approximately 108,000 people homeless. 450,000 people are unable to access municipal water due to infrastructure damage and/or low pressure.

28 August 2014 |

The open-ended ceasefire which entered into force on Tuesday evening is holding, with no violations reported. The Palestinian fatality toll is 2,104, of whom 1,462 have been identified as civilians, including 495 children, according to preliminary assessments. Tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) have today left emergency shelters. However, over 100,000 people, whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged, will need longer-term shelter solutions. Despite extensive repairs, electricity outages of 18 hours a day continue in most areas across Gaza, and only 10 per cent of the population receive water once a day.

27 August 2014 |

An open-ended ceasefire brokered by the Egyptian government and agreed by the armed groups in Gaza, the Palestinian Authority and Israel entered into force yesterday at 19:00. The Palestinian fatality toll has reached 2,104 of whom 1,462 have been identified as civilians, including 495 children, according to preliminary assessments. Tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) have today left emergency shelters. However, over 100,000 people, whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged, will need longer-term shelter solutions. Despite extensive repairs, electricity outages of 18 hours a day continue in most areas across Gaza, disrupting service provision.

26 August 2014 |

The emergency is now in its 50th day. The Palestinian fatality toll is now 2,101 of whom 1,460 have been identified as civilians, according to preliminary assessments. Two more multi-storey buildings in Gaza were targeted and destroyed by the Israeli air force overnight. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) remains at 475,000, more than a quarter of the entire Palestinian population of Gaza. Approximately 290,000 are taking shelter in UNRWA schools. Rafah and Erez passenger crossings have reopened today, despite damage sustained in previous days; Kerem Shalom commercial crossing closed today due to rocket fire from Gaza. Latest Development: 13:15: A vehicle belonging to the Gaza Electricity Distribution Corporation (GEDCO) was reportedly struck in Beit Lahia by an Israeli missile, killing two utility workers.

25 August 2014 |

The emergency is now in its 49th day. The Palestinian fatality toll is now 2,076 of whom 1,454 have been identified as civilians, according to preliminary assessments. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has risen to 475,000, more than a quarter of the entire Palestinian population of Gaza. Over 280,000 are taking shelter in UNRWA schools. The number of displaced in southern Israel is also rising, following the killing of a boy by a mortar shell on Friday. Nearly half a million children in Gaza were unable to return to primary and secondary schools yesterday, the scheduled start to the new academic year. Both Erez and Rafah are currently closed following attacks on the crossing points.

22 August 2014 |

Hostilities have continued, resulting in additional Palestinian casualties. The Palestinian fatality toll is now 2,042 of whom 1,444 have been identified as civilians, according to preliminary estimates. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has risen to 460,000, more than a quarter of the entire Palestinian population of Gaza. 280,000 are taking shelter in UNRWA schools. Since 7 July, at least 140 Palestinian families in Gaza have had three or more members killed in the same incident, for a total of 735 fatalities. Latest development: It is reported that as many as 18 Palestinians, suspected of collaborating with Israel, were killed by Hamas on Friday. UNRWA expects to have about 292,000 persons in their shelters tonight, and to exceed 300,000 soon. A child in Israel has been reportedly killed by a mortar shell fired from Gaza.

21 August 2014 |

Hostilities have continued, resulting in additional Palestinian casualties. The Palestinian fatality toll is now 2,030, of whom 1,444 have been identified as civilians, according to preliminary estimates.
• An estimated 1,000 of the 3,000 children who have been injured will suffer from a life-long disability. Since 7 July, at least 140 Palestinian families in Gaza have had three or more members killed in the same incident, for a total of 735 fatalities. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has risen to 435,000, and is expected to increase further with the resumption of hostilities. Latest development: 17:00 UNRWA is reporting an additional 23,000 IDPs seeking shelter in its schools and the seven PA schools which it supports.

20 August 2014 |

Following a series of temporary ceasefires, hostilities have resumed, with rockets fired from Gaza into Israel and the Israeli military striking targets in Gaza. The Palestinian fatality toll is 1,999, of whom 1,434 have been identified as civilians, according to preliminary estimates. An estimated 1,000 of the 3,000 children who have been injured will suffer from a life-long disability. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has risen to more than 400,000, and is expected to increase further with the resumption of hostilities. There are approximately 103,000 people whose homes have
been destroyed or severely damaged; UNRWA is expecting some 65,000 to 70,000 Palestinians to stay in its schools as long-term displaced.

19 August 2014 |

The five-day temporary ceasefire which expired at midnight last night has been extended for another 24-hour period. However, at approximately 15:30 today, rockets fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel and, in response, the Israeli military has struck targets in Gaza. Due to the continuing uncertainty, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) remains high, with 238,000 seeking refuge in 81 UNRWA schools designated as emergency shelters. Alternative housing will be needed for the approximately 100,000 people whose homes have been destroyed or severely damaged. The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) estimates that the fishing sector lost almost ten per cent of its annual catch due to recent hostilities

18 August 2014 |

The five-day temporary ceasefire which entered into effect at midnight 13 August expires at midnight tonight. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has risen again, with 237,659 now seeking refuge in 81 UNRWA schools designated as emergency shelters, and is expected to increase further as the ceasefire deadline approaches. Alternative housing will be needed for the approximately 100,000 people whose homes have been destroyed or severely damaged. An exceptional one-off food distribution, targeting families who do not regularly receive food assistance, is continuing with 300,000 out of a targeted 730,000 people now reached. The Ministry of Agriculture estimates that losses to the farming sector, both direct and indirect, amount to US$ 450 million.