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Violence and hostilities in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank continue at high intensity.
The casualty toll continues to rise as a result of the most serious escalation between armed groups in Gaza and Israeli forces since the 2014 hostilities. Israeli military sources have indicated that the operation will continue for as long as necessary and there are reports of Israeli forces preparing for a possible ground operation.
Tension in East Jerusalem has been escalating in recent weeks, centring on the Sheikh Jarrah and the Old City areas. Between 7-10 May alone, 1,000 Palestinians were injured by Israeli security forces, 735 of these due to rubber bullets.
The recent escalation has already seen children and other civilians killed and injured; it must stop to avoid more deaths and injuries. The situation will likely increase humanitarian needs, in particular in the Gaza Strip, following years of the Israeli blockade, Palestinian political divisions and recurrent escalations. The health sector, already struggling, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, must be able to respond to those who are injured.
A nearly 60 per cent increase in active cases in Gaza; significant decline in the West Bank. About 250,000 Palestinians have been vaccinated, (excluding East Jerusalem), with 170,000 receiving both doses. Health partners are requesting an additional $36 million to respond to increased COVID-19 needs.
In March, active cases in the oPt rise by nearly half; active cases in Gaza more than triple. Significant rise in patients in intensive care units and in those requiring mechanical ventilation. The Palestinian authorities vaccinated over 70,000 people by end of March, including 8,000 with both doses.