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


12 August 2014/ Issue No. 35



Past 24 hours: The UN Human Rights Council announced the appointment of three members to its independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip since the conflict began on 13 June. The Commission aims to establish the facts and circumstances of violations and crimes perpetrated and to identify those responsible. It will also make recommendations, in particular on accountability measures, all with a view to avoiding and ending impunity and ensuring that those responsible are held accountable, and on ways to protect civilians against any further assaults.


UNRWA has started distributing maternity packages to new mothers who have given birth during the current hostilities, and who are registered as IDPs in its shelters across the Gaza Strip. A total of 344 new babies are starting their life as IDPs in UNRWA schools, 152 girls and 192 boys.

The maternity packages contain essential items to help mothers care for their newborns during this difficult time of displacement. Each package includes a baby cot, baby diapers, hygiene items for both mother and baby, baby shampoo, baby body lotion and powder, underwear, baby clothes, and a baby's blanket. All new mothers will receive a package.

The first UNRWA school to distribute packages was Zaitoun Elementary Co-ed School (A & B), where twenty year old Rawan Shallah gave birth about three weeks ago. She was one of 24 mothers receiving maternity packages. Rawan and her family took refuge at the school after fleeing their home in Shujayia, in eastern Gaza. Rawan ran from shelling whilst nine months pregnant and faced dehydration and other health issues during her first days at the shelter. "I am relieved to have received UNRWA’s maternity package. It contains many items the baby and I urgently need especially in the current conditions."

Also from Shujayia is 25 year old Intisar Sarsak. Intisar gave birth to little Amer 15 days ago. Her baby had been suffering from high fever. "We are enduring difficult conditions. Sometimes I can't even find diapers for my baby. This maternity package is crucial for me and the baby, but we will need more if we stay here."


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 103 installations have been damaged since 8 July 2014. This figure does not include areas inaccessible to UNRWA.


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


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