As of 18 February, the West Bank has received only 32% of the multi-year average rainfall for this time of the year, according to the Palestinian Water Authority. This minimal amount has increased the likeliness that 2009 will become the second consecutive year of severe drought. Among the most affected will be about 200 communities, who are not connected to a water network and rely to a large extent on traditional water sources.
On 18 February, following a suspension lasting almost two weeks, Israel allowed 188 tonnes of cooking gas into Gaza. Since the beginning of February, Israel has allowed entry to only 959 tonnes of cooking gas, less that one fifth of the estimated needs.