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.

28 July 2014 |

Hostilities resumed on the night of 26 July, following a short humanitarian pause; efforts to extend the pause have so far failed. The pause allowed for the recovery of over 100 bodies and the delivery of basic supplies to emergency shelters, in previously inaccessible areas. Large areas in Gaza city outside of the three kilometrewide ‘buffer zone’ received warnings from the Israeli army to evacuate their homes ahead of attacks, triggering further displacement. Food shortages in the market are reported in some areas, along with sharp price increases in vegetables and dairy products. Despite some repairs to damaged lines, electricity outages continue for about 20 hours a day, challenging the operation of WASH and health facilities.

27 July 2014 |

A 12-hour ceasefire was observed today in Gaza between 08:00 and 20:00. The pause in hostilities allowed for the recovery of bodies, with at least 90 Palestinian dead reportedly retrieved up to 14:00.
58 Palestinians, including 12 children and eight women, are reported to have been killed in the last 24 hours. This brings the fatality toll to 925, excluding the bodies recovered today. Early this morning, prior to the ceasefire, 20 members of the An Najjar family were killed in an Israeli airstrike.

26 July 2014 |

68 Palestinians, including ten children and nine women, are reported to have been killed or their bodies recovered in the last 24 hours. Overcrowding in shelters intensifies, with some hosting over 80 people per classroom, adding stress to already traumatized families. Several shelters in the north and middle areas became inaccessible due to the ongoing hostilities, impeding the distribution of basic supplies, water in particular. The coping capacity of health professionals and facilities is increasingly overstretched. A rise in the relative number of miscarriages, premature births, and child mortality amongst pregnant women has been reported. Latest developments: both Israel and Hamas have reportedly agreed to a 12 hour ceasefire, to begin at 7 am tomorrow

25 July 2014 |

An UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun sheltering IDPs was struck by several projectiles today. According to initial information, at least 16 Palestinians have been killed and 200 injured. These fatalities are in addition to 92 Palestinians, including 17 children and 8 women, reported to have been killed or their bodies recovered in the last 24 hours. Since 7 July, at least 42 Gaza families have had three or
more members killed in the same incident for a total of 253 fatalities. Mass displacement continues: approximately 149,000 IDPs are now seeking shelter in 84 UNRWA schools and additional tens of thousands sheltering in Ministry of Education-run schools and with relatives and friends. Latest developments: The Gaza Power Plant was shelled for the third time tonight, causing shut-down of the

24 July 2014 |

According to preliminary information, at least 697 Palestinians, including at least 518 civilians, are reported to have been killed. This includes 170 children and 86 women, Intense overcrowding in shelters raises increasing concerns, as mass displacement continues: approximately 140,000 IDPs now seeking shelter in 83 UNRWA schools and additional thousands sheltering in Ministry of Education-run schools and with relatives. Low water supply to shelters is a major concern. Two Israeli missiles landed in the vicinity of the Gaza Power Plant causing it to suspend operations, further reducing power supply. In the last 24 hours, six more UNRWA schools have been damaged by shelling.

23 July 2014 |

120 Palestinians, including 26 children and 15 women, are reported to have been killed or their bodies recovered since the last update. One child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days. Intense overcrowding in shelters raises increasing concerns, as mass displacement continues: over 117,000 IDPs now seeking shelter in UNRWA schools and additional thousands in Ministry of Education-run schools. There is concern about eight IDP shelters and thousands of households in northern Gaza that could not be reached for two consecutive days, due to intense fighting. A request for a humanitarian pause has been rejected by the Israeli authorities.

22 July 2014 |

As the Israeli ground incursion continues, 103 Palestinians, including 34 children and 21 women, are reported to have been killed or their bodies recovered since the last update. The reporting period witnessed a number of incidents in which multiple family members were killed by Israeli airstrikes while in their homes. Mass displacement continues across Gaza, with over 100,000 IDPs now seeking shelter in UNRWA schools and tens of thousands of IDPs have taken refuge elsewhere in Gaza Latest developments: 15:30: The Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Hospital in Deir El Balah was hit by an Israeli airstrike resulting in the destruction of part of the top two floors. Initial information indicates that four people were killed and 16 injured.

21 July 2014 |

Up to 60 Palestinians, including 17 children and 14 women, are reported to have been killed in the past 24 hours in the Ash Shuja’iyeh area in eastern Gaza City, raising concern about respect for the principle of distinction and proportionality under international humanitarian law. 16 Israeli soldiers have been killed in the past 24 hours, including 13 in Ash Shuja’iyeh. A brief humanitarian pause to evacuate the wounded and the dead from Ash Shuja’iyeh, could only be partially implemented due to the resumption of hostilities; search and rescue efforts have continued. Mass displacement escalated in the past 24 hours across Gaza, including up to half of Ash Shuja’iyeh’s residents. The cumulative number of IDPs has exceeded 100,000, including nearly 84,000 at UNRWA
schools. The rapid depletion of stocks, along with bombardments and access restrictions in urban areas, are increasingly challenging efforts by humanitarian agencies to supply food, water, mattresses and hygiene items to those displaced.

20 July 2014 |

The Israeli ground operation continues, resulting in at least 69 Palestinian fatalities in the last 24-hours, the highest death toll recorded in one day since 7 July. According to preliminary information, the
Palestinian fatality toll since the start of the emergency is now 336, including at least 228 civilians (68 per cent) and 77 children. Indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza at Israel continues, resulting in the second civilian fatality since 7 July, in addition to several injuries. Displacement is increasing with over 50,000 displaced Palestinians taking shelter in 44 UNRWA schools, exceeding the peak number in Agency facilities during the conflict in 2008/09. Latest developments: Amid an escalation of violence in Gaza, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leaving for the region on Saturday to support regional and international efforts for a ceasefire. As of 18:00, the number of displaced Palestinians seeking shelter in UNRWA facilities exceeds 60,000 in 49 schools.

19 July 2014 |

An Israeli ground incursion, alongside intense shelling and airstrikes, triggered mass displacement and a sharp increase in casualties overnight. The impact of hostilities on Palestinian children has been particularly devastating: 59 killed (11 in the past 24 hours) and 637 injured since 8 July; around 58,000 are estimated to be traumatized. 48,000 persons hosted at UNRWA shelters and another 700 displaced families hosted by relatives, are in need of emergency food and other assistance. The vast majority of households receive electricity only four hours a day, due to damage to ten feeder lines; water supply has been further undermined.