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11 August 2014
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC, SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
MONDAY, 11 AUGUST 2014
GAZA: SECRETARY-GENERAL VOICES HOPE THAT CEASEFIRE LEADS TO DURABLE PEACE
In a statement issued yesterday, the Secretary-General
the ceasefire between the Israelis and Palestinians.
The Secretary-General expresses his strong hope that this will give the two sides, under Egyptian auspices, another chance to agree on a durable ceasefire for the benefit of all civilian populations and as a starting point to address the underlying grievances on both sides.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (
) reports that, as of yesterday, there were more than 230,000 internally displaced people taking refuge in 90 schools run by the UN Relief and Works Agency (
) in Gaza. Nearly 40,000 more were hosted in 23 government and private schools and public facilities, and 25,000 families are registered by the Ministry of Social Affairs as being with host families.
People need water, emergency food and other basic assistance. Most of Gaza’s households reportedly have no water supply, or receive water for a few hours every five days. Fuel is needed to operate critical water and sanitation facilities until repairs of the electricity grid can lead to the resumption of the former power supply level. Preventive health services for displaced people in shelters are required to prevent the outbreak of communicable diseases.
UNRWA and the World Food Programme (
) were already regularly providing basic food assistance to over one million Palestinians in Gaza before the current hostilities. The two agencies are now also providing food rations to all displaced people sheltered in UN schools or government schools every day and continue to provide food assistance for people living with their relatives, and to patients, as well as hospital staff.