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Source: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
14 August 2014


Key Messages

Situation Overview
High-level Visit
Deputy Executive Director, Yoka Brandt, and the Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa, Maria Calivis, visited East Jerusalem, Gaza and conflict-affected communities in Israel on 11-13 August and focused on the following:
Overview of the emergency in Gaza and UNICEF's humanitarian response (in the sectors of WASH, Child Protection, Health and Nutrition, Education, and Social Protection) and future needs;
Advocacy with key authorities, towards enhancing the protection of children, and ensuring humanitarian access with new terms of engagement;
Hearing from children and families affected by the ongoing conflict; key partners and frontline workers from local authorities and NG0s; and UNICEF staff.

Summary Analysis of Programme response

UNICEF's emergency response in Gaza is focusing on supporting conflict-affected populations inside collective shelters and in host communities. In East Jerusalem and the West Bank, UNICEF's support will expand with a focus on families affected by recent violence and hostilities.


Health & Nutrition
Child Protection
Humanitarian leadership and coordination

UNICEF leads the Child Protection Working Group and affiliated groups for mental health and psychosocial (MHPSS), and for monitoring and reporting of grave violations against children (MRM). These groups have been merged to maximise coordination of child protection responses during the emergency.

UNICEF continues to lead the WASH cluster and co-lead the Education cluster with Save the Children, both in Gaza and at the national level, with dedicated staff capacity

Emergency Operations Centres (EOC) have been established in Gaza and Ramallah. The Gaza EOC meets every other day to focus on the emergency response including monitoring visits to collective shelter and conflict affected communities. The EOC also acts as an advocacy platform to raise challenges related to humanitarian access. The EOC Secretariat in Ramallah supports Gaza to provide a coordinated approach to appeals by different Ministries. A more limited coordination group focuses only on IDP needs, in which UNICEF also participates.


Next SitRep: 17 August 2014

Steve Catling
UNICEF Emergency Specialist, State of Palestine
Tel: +972 54 778 7608 Email:
Twitter: UNICEFpalestine,

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