GAZA SITUATION REPORT 39
16 August 2014/ Issue No. 39
UPDATE AT 16:30
229,872 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are sheltering in 81 UNRWA schools.
UNRWA is providing support to a total of almost 257,000 IDPs taking refuge in UNRWA and government schools.
Thanks to the work of staff in each of UNRWA’s five EORs, a prominent feature of UNRWA’s response during this conflict is the cooperation and involvement of the local community. In Rafah, community organizations and volunteers have provided in-kind and cash assistance to IDPs in UNRWA’s DESs; as well as psychological support for children, cleaning campaigns and sunshades. A youth initiative saw 15 barbers giving haircuts to almost 1,500 children at the DES. Donations are received at the EOR and are distributed to IDPs in shelters to ensure equity and transparency.
Past 24 hours: Families continue to gather supplies, attend routine medical appointments and make basic preparations amidst the uncertainty of whether Tuesday will bring a resumption of hostilities, an extended negotiation and cease fire period between Hamas and Israel, or long term peace.
No major incidents were reported.
Data on damage to UNRWA installations is based on preliminary information and subject to change based on further verification. UNRWA estimates that 103 installations have been damaged since 8 July 2014.
More information on the revised flash appeal can be found here.