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Source: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
31 July 2014

Humanitarian Priorities
  • Protection of civilians must be ensured. Civilian infrastructure must be protected. IHL principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution in attack must be respected.
  • Humanitarian space and access must improve for vital life-saving humanitarian interventions particularly medical evacuation, health, urgent WASH repairs and water provision.
  • The humanitarian response needs to scale up to meet the needs of the population, 25% of which are displaced with urgent needs.

Situation Overview

Summary Analysis of Programme response

UNICEF's emergency response in Gaza is focusing on supporting conflict-affected populations inside collective shelters and in host communities. In East Jerusalem and the West Bank, UNICEF's support will expand with a focus on families affected by recent violence and hostilities with hospital visits to patients arriving from Gaza and psychosocial support.


Health & Nutrition
Child Protection
Education & Adolescents
Humanitarian leadership and coordination

Emergency Operations Centres (EOC) have been established in Gaza and Ramallah. The Gaza EOC meets daily to focus on the IDP response including monitoring visits to collective shelter and conflict affected communities. The EOC also acts as an advocacy platform to raise challenges related to humanitarian access. The EOC Secretariat in Ramallah supports Gaza to provide a coordinated approach to appeals by different Ministries. UNICEF leads the Child Protection Sub-Cluster and affiliated working groups for psychosocial and mental health (MHPSS), and for monitoring and reporting of grave violations against children (MRM). These groups have been merged to maximise coordination of child protection responses during the emergency. UNICEF continues to chair the WASH cluster and co-chair the Education cluster with Save the Children.


The security situation in Gaza remains critical. Humanitarian access is extremely limited due to on-going airstrikes, shelling and missile fire from Israel. Movement of personnel is extremely limited which means that life-saving services and maintenance to essential infrastructure cannot be provided. 44% of Gaza is currently a no go military operations zone. Some people continue to live there, and much of the essential infrastructure in need of urgent repair (wells and pumping stations) are rendered inaccessible. In the past 24 hours, Israeli Air Forces (IAF) conducted 98 raids and fired 135 missiles. 57 houses were bombarded by Israeli Air and Defence forces on the 24th day of the operation. IDF positioned at the border fired approximately 1205 tank shells at targets. In total, 85 Palestinians were killed and 359 injured. The intensity of the fighting continues and

Steve Catling, UNICEF Emergency Specialist, State of Palestine Tel: +972 54 778 7608 Email:
Twitter: UNICEFpalestine,

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