An Egyptian proposal calling on Israel and all Palestinian armed groups to cease all hostilities in the Gaza Strip was accepted by the Israeli cabinet but not accepted by Hamas. According to preliminary information, 75 per cent of Palestinian fatalities since 7 July have been civilians, raising concerns about respect for international humanitarian law. UNRWA/WFP are providing shelter, food and other assistance to over 18,000 displaced Palestinians from northern Gaza hosted in UNRWA schools. Since the start of the emergency, 79 schools and 23 health facilities in Gaza have sustained
damage. At least 25,000 children whose families have experienced death, injury or loss of homes are in need of specialized psychosocial (PSS) support.
While Israeli bombardments have continued, they have resulted in fewer fatalities than in past days. According to preliminary information, over 77 per cent of the fatalities since 7 July have been civilians, raising concerns about respect for international humanitarian law. Reports about the launching of rockets by Palestinian armed groups from densely populated areas have raised increasing
concern, as it endangers the lives of Palestinian civilians residing in these areas. Tens of thousands of Palestinians in northern Gaza have fled their homes following Israeli warnings, and 17,000 have taken shelter at UNRWA schools. Gaza’s water utility has suspended emergency operations and repairs due to the insecurity of its staff, and warned that water supply to 600,000 is at risk as a result.
According to preliminary data, at least 168 Palestinians have been killed since 7 July. 80 per cent of the fatalities (133) have been civilians, of whom 21 per cent (36) are children, raising concerns about respect for international humanitarian law. Indiscriminate rocket firing by armed groups from Gaza continues to target Israeli population centres, resulting in injuries but no fatalities to date. Leaflets were dropped on northern Gaza by the Israeli air force warning residents to evacuate by noon Sunday, ahead of anticipated attacks on rocket launchers in the area. US$ 60 million is urgently needed to cover out of stock medical supplies and medical referrals out of Gaza. At least 25,000 traumatized children in Gaza are in need of psychosocial support.
70 per cent of the Palestinian fatalities since 7 July (89) have been civilians, of whom 30 per cent (27) are children, raising concerns about respect for international humanitarian law. Indiscriminate rocket firing by armed groups from Gaza continues to target main Israeli population centres, resulting in at least seven injuries. The scope of damage to civilian infrastructure in Gaza particularly electricity, water and sanitation facilities and equipment, is of increasing concern. US$ 60 million urgently needed to cover medical supplies out of stock and medical referrals out of Gaza. Thousands of traumatized children in Gaza are in need of psychosocial support.
114 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the Gaza emergency, of whom 88 (77%) are civilians. Some Israeli attacks have raised concerns about the targeting of civilians and civilian objects, including the destruction of homes of alleged members of armed groups. Indiscriminate rocket firing by armed groups from Gaza has targeted main Israeli population centres, and resulted in at least three civilian injuries. Fears of an imminent Israeli ground operation in Gaza have been on the rise; some 300,000 people in areas close to the border have been warned to leave their homes. Water and sewage infrastructure in eight locations have sustained damage so far, affecting more than 350,000 people.
58 Palestinian civilians, including 11 women and 21 children, have been killed in Gaza, since the start of the Gaza emergency on 7 July. The targeting and destruction of residential buildings in Gaza continues to be the main cause of civilian casualties. Some 70 homes have been targeted and totally destroyed. Overall, since the start of the operation, 342 housing units have been destroyed or severely damaged by Israeli airstrikes, displacing about 2,000 people who are being hosted by relatives. Five health facilities have suffered damage after air strikes in their vicinities. Gaza hospitals treating injuries are affected by severe shortages of medical supplies and fuel needed to operate backup generators. Indiscriminate rocket firing by armed groups from Gaza has targeted main Israeli population centres, but has resulted in no serious casualties so far.
23 Palestinian civilians, including seven children, have been killed in Gaza, since the start of “Operation Protective Edge”, on 7 July. The targeting and destruction of residential properties in Gaza is the main cause of civilian casualties. Some 150 homes have been destroyed or severely damaged by Israeli airstrikes, displacing about 900 people who are being hosted by relatives. Gaza hospitals treating injuries are affected by severe shortages of medical supplies and fuel needed to operate backup generators. Indiscriminate rocket firing by armed groups from Gaza has targeted main Israeli population centers, but has resulted in no casualties, so far.
Gaza is affected by one the most serious energy crises in recent years, with potentially serious humanitarian ramifications. Since 1 November, following the shutdown of the Gaza Power Plant as a result of a lack of fuel, households are experiencing power outages of up to 16 hours per day. The operation of all 291 water and wastewater facilities has been affected, leading to sewage spills of tens of thousands of cubic meters in various locations, including in a residential area of Gaza City. Shortages of affordable fuel used to operate backup generators have severely disrupted the normal functioning of critical hospital functions, such as emergency rooms, operating theatres, and neo-natal care. While immediate mitigating measures are being sought to support the most critical functions, medium and longer-term solutions are urgently needed to avoid even greater humanitarian risks and improve the living conditions of average households.
A winter storm, characterized by torrential rains strong winds, low temperatures and snowfall struck the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) between 7 and 10 January. Some 12,500 people were negatively impacted by the loss of, or damage to, residences and agricultural livelihoods due to flooding and strong winds. Some 200 homes were severely damaged or destroyed and 650 people were temporarily displaced. The weather conditions exacerbated pre-existing vulnerabilities stemming from movement, access and planning restrictions faced by Palestinian communities. This extreme weather event has highlighted the need for increased investment in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response capacities of the State of Palestine.
An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Hamas came into effect at 21:00 hrs, 22 November. Since 14 November, 158 Palestinians are reported to have been killed; this includes 103 civilians, of whom at least 33 are children and 13 women. 1,269 Palestinians were injured (MoH), the majority civilians. Six Israelis (four civilians and two soldiers) were killed and 224 were injured, the vast majority civilians.