Key developments in the last two days1:
• In the last 24 hours (since 10pm on 5 July), at least 15 Palestinians have been killed and 66 injured in the Gaza Strip. The majority of these Palestinians have been killed and injured in confrontations with the IDF in Palestinian towns and villages, including Khan Younis in the south and Beit Lahia in the north. In Beit Lahia, one Israel Defence Forces (IDF) soldier was killed and another injured and airlifted on Thursday.
• During the last 24 hours, the IDF expanded their military incursion into the Gaza Strip. The IDF moved additional troops and armour into the former northern settlement block. This follows the continued launching of homemade rockets by Palestinian militants, three of which landed near the centre of the Israeli town of Ashkelon on 4 and 5 July. The IDF remains present in the Palestinian area of At Tatra to the west of Beit Lahia, and in the south east corner of the Gaza Strip around Gaza International Airport.
• Palestinian households across the Gaza Strip are still experiencing major disruptions to their daily lives as a result of intermittent power supplies, caused by the IAF air strike on the Gaza power station on 28 June.
• The Nahal Oz energy pipelines have been closed for the last two days. UNRWA was able to bring in 30,000 litres of diesel Thursday via Karni crossing.
• WHO reports that hospitals and primary healthcare clinics have fuel stocks for one to two weeks, however operating theatres have reduced their functions due to the limited stocks of consumables and fluctuations in electricity supply.
• Due to the heavy fighting in civilians areas, UNICEF reports families in the Gaza Strip are afraid to send their children outdoors
• There is virtually no fish now available in local markets due to both the lack of access to the coast for Palestinian fishermen because of the presence of Israeli naval vessels and the loss of permanent refrigeration capacity. WFP estimates this impacts some 35,000 people who are directly and indirectly employed by the industry.