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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
20 August 2014




Situation Overview

A series of negotiated ceasefires, stretching over nine days in total, ended on 19 August before the midnight deadline. Hostilities continued overnight and into today, resulting in additional Palestinian fatalities and property damage. There has been an increase in the number of internally displaced as Palestinians, in particular from the northern and eastern areas of Gaza, seeking a safe place in emergency shelters.

Twenty-two fatalities have been recorded in the reporting period, comprising 17 new deaths and five who succumbed to injuries sustained earlier. Eleven of these have been classified as civilians and the status of the others is unknown.

The number of child fatalities exceeds the combined number of children killed in the two previous conflicts in Gaza, 350 in 2008-9 and 35 in 2012. An estimated 1,000 children injured will suffer from a disability for life, and a further 6,000 children will have a parent with a life-long disability. Based on the total number of adults killed, there may be up to 1,500 children orphaned.

Dedicated health teams have continued working in all UNRWA shelters and compile a daily health surveillance report to prevent a large scale outbreak of diseases. The report now includes 16 health issues of concern, up from an initial nine


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