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.

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.

15 August 2014 |

The five-day temporary ceasefire which entered into effect at midnight 13 August is holding, with no major incidents reported. The situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is fluid and has risen again, with 218,367 now seeking refuge in 87 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. An exceptional one-off food distribution, targeting families who do not regularly receive food assistance, is continuing with 150,000 out of a targeted 730,000 people now reached.

14 August 2014 |

The temporary ceasefire which expired at midnight last night has been extended for another five days, while negotiations towards a long-term ceasefire continue. Thousands of explosive remnants of war (ERW) remain dispersed throughout civilian areas. Yesterday, six people were killed and six others injured when an unexploded ordnance in Beit Lahia detonated. Approximately 350,000 people internally displaced persons (IDPs) still remain in emergency shelters or with host families. Alternative housing will be needed for the approximately 100,000 people whose homes have been destroyed or severely damaged. The first phase of a joint humanitarian assessment continued today to assess damage and inform responses by humanitarian organizations.

13 August 2014 |

The 72-hour-long ceasefire is holding into its third day but is scheduled to expire at midnight tonight. Negotiations between the parties are ongoing in Egypt towards reaching a lasting solution. Approximately 370,000 people internally displaced persons (IDPs) still remain in emergency shelters or with host families. These numbers are expected to rise as the ceasefire deadline nears.  Alternative housing will be needed for the approximately 100,000 people whose homes have been destroyed or severely damaged. The number of child fatalities, at 459, exceeds the combined
number of children killed in the two previous conflicts in Gaza, 350 in 2008-9 and 35 in 2012. The first phase of a joint humanitarian assessment was launched today to assess damage and inform responses by humanitarian organizations. Latest development: 11:00. Six people, including an Italian journalist, were killed and six others injured by unexploded ordnance in Beit Lahia.

12 August 2014 |

The 72 hour-long ceasefire is holding into its second day, with no violations reported. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has declined, but at least 335,000 people still remain in emergency shelters or with host families. These numbers are expected to rise again if hostilities resume. Alternative housing will be needed for the approximately 100,000 people whose homes have been destroyed or severely damaged. The number of child fatalities, at 459, exceeds the combined number of children killed in the two previous conflicts in Gaza, 350 in 2008-9 and 35 in 2012. An exceptional food distribution is ongoing, targeting families (730,000 people) who do not regularly receive food assistance from UNRWA and WFP.

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