Question of Palestine home
1 August 2006
A quick look at Gaza because, as a UNICEF press release says, as the international media is focused on the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Lebanon, sadly enough, the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is on the verge of being forgotten. So, a reminder that all is not well on the West Bank.
Since last week, I have a sitrep from our man in Gaza, whom I speak to every morning. He says that 38 Palestinians were killed by IDF strikes, 7 of them children. This includes the killing of two women and a child in the past 24 hours. Around 130 Palestinians have been injured. Nine houses, allegedly belonging to militants, were targeted with rocket attacks. And, 1,433 people are now sheltering in schools of UNRWA. As you know, UNRWA is the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees.
Electricity supplies remain erratic since the missile attack on the Gaza power station on 28 June. Cycles are currently six hours on and six hours off.
On the West Bank, external closure was announced by the Minister of Defense for the last two days. All Palestinians from the West Bank are banned from entering Jerusalem and working in Israel.