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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
23 August 2014


23 August 2014 | Issue No. 46



Past 24 hours:

There are no indications this military escalation would come to an end anytime soon.

Subsequent to the killing yesterday of a four year old boy in southern Israel,Prime Minister Netanyahu said."Hamas will pay a heavy price for this terrible terrorist attack. The IDF and the Shin Bet will intensify their operations against Hamas and the terrorist organizations in Gaza until the goals of Operation Protective Edge will be reached." Foreign Minister Avigdor Liebermann was quoted saying the operation needed to end with Hamas waving a white flag and begging for an unconditional ceasefire.

In a statement, Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahar said disarming the movement is non-negotiable.


People with disabilities face additional difficulties coping with the violence of the conflict, fleeing their homes and being displaced in shelters. People who had existing disabilities before the start of this conflict were especially vulnerable when violence escalated, and people who have acquired disabilities during the conflict now face a long road to recovery. An estimated 1,000 of the 3,000 children who have been injured will suffer from a life-long disability.

UNRWA has recorded many stories of people with disabilities fleeing their homes to the UN schools. Ms. Fatma Audeh Abu-Sawaween, an UNRWA teacher who has five daughters, spoke about difficulties in reaching the UNRWA shelter with her disabled daughter when she fled her home. Maysson is a 15 year-old girl taking refuge in an UNRWA shelter in Rafah. When Maysson’s family fled shelling near their home, she was afraid as she could not move due to her disability and was dependent on other people assisting her. Mr. Monther Muneer Abu Shehada is a 30 year-old man staying in a shelter with his family in Maghazi. He had to flee his home with seven family members. Two of his sons are blind, and he held their hands as the family fled, while his wife carried their young baby and helped the disabled grandfather. The old man asked to be left behind as he did not want to be a burden to the family, but his son refused, saying he would carry his father to the shelter if he had to.

UNRWA has health teams in place in each shelter to ensure that people injured in the conflict and at risk of acquiring a disability are accessing health care and rehabilitation. UNRWA is now working to ensure that the needs of people with new and existing disabilities are met and that they have equal access to food and NFI assistance as well as psychosocial support and access to education for children.

For people who have acquired disabilities through the recent violence, they will face additional difficulties even after the conflict ends. Children will face barriers in accessing education and adults may have difficulty returning to the work they used to do. Further, there is now a much increased need for rehabilitation services in Gaza, to support people who were injured in the conflict to recover. UNRWA is working with partners to address these challenges and ensure that people with disabilities are not excluded in the massive task of rebuilding Gaza.


Reportedly, there were 114 rockets and 58 mortar shells fired towards Israel. There were also reports that 91 air-to-ground missiles were fired into Gaza in addition to 28 navy shells. 101 tank shells were fired from the fence into populated areas. Reportedly, 13 houses were bombarded.


Data on damage to UNRWA installations is based on preliminary information and subject to change based on further verification. UNRWA estimates that 109 installations have been damaged since 8 July 2014.


More information on the revised flash appeal can be found here.


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