UNICEF Situation Report #1
Occupied Palestinian Territory
Date: 18 November 2012
Information updated to 1500
On 14th November, Ahmed Jabari, the head of the Hamas El Qassam Brigade was killed during an IDF airstrike in Gaza. With this killing Israel announced its operation "Pillar of Defense". The Israeli Air Force then launched air strikes targeting strategic locations including Hamas training bases and offices of the El Qassam Brigade. Since then, airstrikes from Israel and rocket launching from Gaza have continued for five consecutive days and nights with very few moments of calm. Most government administration buildings have been directly targeted and severely damaged. It is reported that there have been 55 fatalities including 11 children and 5 women. Injuries of approximately 520 people are reported with approximately 140 children and 83 women injured.
Although every effort is being made to verify data, due to the danger level related to conflict, direct assessments cannot be made and UNICEF cannot verify the numbers beyond what is reported through reliable partners.
1. HEATH and NUTRITION:
There is no active Health and Nutrition cluster However, coordination with WHO for information and response plans is established norm.
UNICEF Immediate Planned Response
UNICEF office is ordering a list of 14 essential emergency drugs which are available at UNICEF, SD warehouse. These drugs have been selected from the list shared by MOH-Gaza and the quantities will cover the needs for about three months.
UNICEF leads the WASH Cluster
Fuel stocks for emergency operation of WASH facilities have been topped up (with 111,0001) by a UNICEF-HRF funded project implemented through UNRWA and CMWU on 5 Nov. 2012. If the current situation remains, these stocks are expected to be depleted at the very latest at end of November 2012. However, in Khan Younis power cuts of over 14 hours have been reported, forcing water and waste water site to operate on backup generators for most of the day. As a result, the fuel stocks for emergency operations at the water wells, booster stations and sewage pumping stations are depleting rapidly and are expected to last for a few more days to one week only.
UNICEF Immediate Planned Response:
Target population 12,000 families
UNICEF co-leads the Education Cluster together with Save the Children.
Re-activation of the Family Centres and Adolescent-friendly Spaces, as soon as the security situation allows, to provide safe spaces, immediate psychosocial support and outreach to children and families, and to disburse the family Kits
There is an estimated funding gap of US $ 970,000
UNICEF office (located in UNDP building) remains intact with no damage. Currently the UNICEF Gaza office is not operating due to the extreme danger from the conflict. Work is limited to information gathering and coordinating.
An emergency operations centre is located in the home of the UNICEF COFO with OHCHR, OCHA, WFP, UNMAS present. Communication modalities continue to work well.
Next Situation Report: Tuesday 21 November 2012
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1Light damage to windows and doors of the Al-Quds hospital and the nearby Palestinian Red Crescent station in the Gaza district. Two Al Quds workers also sustained light injuries.
-Light damage to windows in the Al-Karma hospital in the Jabaliya District.
-1 government Primary Health Care (PHC) center in Khan Younis was damaged.
2One incident was reported by ACF and CMWU in the Emarata neighborhood in Khan Younis (16 Nov.) where a water pipeline servicing 6000 people was damaged. CMWU engineers have been able to repair the network using their own resources. Another incident was reported by IRW and CMWU in Al Naser area in Rafah (17 Nov.). CMWU engineers hope to be able to repair the network in the next day.
-CMWU reported that in another incident a saline water well was hit in the south of the Rimal area of Gaza city (15 Nov.). The well, one of a cluster of five wells servicing 150,000 people in the area, has been shut down. As a result. the overall water availability in the area has been reduced, though not completely stopped.
-CMWU and ACF reported that the Khuza'a water reservoir in Khan Youths was hit by two airstrikes (15 & 16 Nov.). These incidents however didn't have an immediate impact on the water supply to the population in Khan Younis since the reservoir is only used over the summer.
-CMWU also reported that a 3000 cubic water reservoir under construction in Al Mughraqa has been completely destroyed by an airstrike in the Middle Area (17 Nov.). The reservoir was not yet operational, so there is no immediate impact on the water supply.