GAZA SITUATION REPORT 41
18 August 2014/ Issue No. 41
Past 24 hours: Calm prevailed in Gaza, with people anxiously awaiting the announcement of a sustainable ceasefire. There have been statements from both sides about resumption of hostilities if a new truce was not reached.
An Israeli official reportedly stated yesterday Israel would respond with force should there be rockets fired from Israel. “If fire is not renewed and no agreement is reached,” the unnamed official said, “Israel will see what can be done in terms of humanitarian aid for the residents of the Gaza Strip, whom we have nothing against.” Earlier yesterday, Yuval Steinitz, the Israeli Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Minister, said that Israel could not give up on the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip, and also Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed Israel’s security interest must be met in order to reach an agreement.
On Friday, the European Union Foreign Affairs Council had stated that “the situation in the Gaza Strip has been unsustainable for many years and a return to the status quo prior to the latest conflict is not an option. A durable ceasefire must lead to a fundamental improvement in the living conditions for the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip through the lifting of the Gaza closure regime, and it must end the threat to Israel posed by Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza as demonstrated by rocket attacks and tunnel construction. All terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm.” The European Union further reiterated its readiness to contribute to a comprehensive solution.
Nothing to report.
Data on damage to UNRWA installations is based on preliminary information and subject to change based on further verification. UNRWA estimates that 108 installations have been damaged since 8 July 2014.
More information on the revised flash appeal can be found here.