02 December - 09 December Issue 73
Operational environment: The security situation in Gaza remains tenuous and there appears to be an apparent increase in threats and reports affiliated to extremist groups, which is a new development in the Strip. It was recently reported in the media that leaflets attributed to the Islamic State (IS) were distributed/found to be circulating at the universities in the Middle Area. The contents of the leaflets pertained to an advisory on how women should dress. At present the authenticity of the claim to be IS cannot be verified. The political environment in Gaza remains fragile, with last Tuesday marking six months since the formation of a National Consensus Government (NCG) for Gaza and the West Bank, as announced on 2 June, 2014. No formal announcement regarding the passing of the original six month mandate of the NCG has been made by the Government, although several media reports claim that an extension of the tenure is expected. This uncertainty adds to the burden already faced by Palestinian families in Gaza, as winter arrives and the pace of reconstruction through the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism remains slow. There continue to be demonstrations and sit-ins demanding UN Agencies accelerate reconstruction efforts.
In October, UNRWA coordinated 172 construction material trucks and in November 121 trucks for the 9 projects under implementation. The October 2014 coordination of trucks operated at 17 per cent of the Agency’s capacity proven during October 2012. During 2012, in October, UNRWA coordinated a total of 1,017 trucks of construction material. Extensive lag in approvals has resulted in reduction of active projects and corresponding reduction in coordination of restricted materials.
During the reporting period, and in response to a new requirement introduced in late 2013 in addition to the strict monitoring regime already in place, UNRWA international staff members conducted daily monitoring of all eight concrete factories currently contracted by UNRWA building contractors to use materials for the Agency’s COGAT approved projects. The UNRWA Access team continued to escort trucks with coordinated construction material to its delivery destination to ensure that construction material is used for its intended purpose only.
During the reporting week, there were a number of incidences of the IDF opening fire towards Palestinians near the fence. Several reports of Israeli patrol boats opening fire towards Palestinian boats were reported during the week.
The Agency has concluded assessments of its damaged UNRWA installations, with a total of 118. Repair work is ongoing.
UNRWA is seeking USD 1.6 billion for emergency relief, early recovery and reconstruction priorities in the Gaza Strip. More information can be found here. The same information is available in Arabic here.
On 9 December, UNRWA launched the oPt Emergency Appeal in Geneva. For its emergency operations in Gaza, the Agency is seeking USD 366.6 million, including USD 127 million for emergency shelter, repair and collective centre management, USD 105.6 million for emergency food assistance, and USD 68.6 million for emergency cash-for-work. More information can be found here: