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A monthly report monitoring key humanitarian indicators as well as field observations collected by UN agencies including in the health, education and food aid sectors. Available in English, Arabic and Hebrew.
The Humanitarian Monitor
20 May 2010

The Humanitarian Monitor | April 2010

April's developments highlight a range of concerns, including the potential for the displacement of tens of thousands of Palestinians because of new military orders, an escalation in Israeli settler violence, and increasing indicators to poverty in Gaza. Demolitions resulted in 7 people displaced. In East Jerusalem, four Palestinian families (including 21 children) living in the Beit Safafa were evicted from their homes in the context of a dispute over ownership with Israeli settlers, and two new Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood were served with civil eviction proceedings by a settler organization. Conflict-related incidents resulted in the killing of five Palestinians, and the injury of 119 others in the West Bank and Gaza

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15 Apr 2010

The Humanitarian Monitor | March 2010

The sudden escalation violence across the oPt in March highlights the overall fragility of the situation, and the vulnerability of the civilian population, resulting in the largest number of Palestinian casualties (deaths and injuries combined) in a given month since the end of the ?Cast Lead? offensive. Deteriorating electricity supply Poor living conditions exacerbated Poor living conditions in Gaza, due to continuing decline in the import of fuel to the Gaza power plant. Cooking gas imports increased to the highest levels since July 2009.

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17 Mar 2010

The Humanitarian Monitor | Feb 2010

February developments highlighted once again the vulnerability of children in various areas of the occupied Palestinian territory, due to their exposure to violence and the dire conditions in which they live. In Gaza, three girls were injured while in their house by a tank shell fired by Israeli troops towards a populated civilian area, and three children were killed and five others were injured in an accident caused by a faulty electricity generator. The fatalities occurred in the context of Gaza?s deteriorating electricity supply and growing reliance on back-up generators, many of which are imported through the tunnels and are of poor quality. Poor living conditions are also a serious concern for the population of small herder communities scattered across Area C of the West Bank, children in particular.

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15 Feb 2010

The Humanitarian Monitor | Jan 2010

January?s events highlight the vulnerability of many herder and farming communities, facing poor living conditions, access restrictions and/or risk of displacement, many of whom live in closed military areas and other parts of Area C. In Gaza, an escalation of Israeli-Palestinian violence results in eight Palestinian fatalities during January. Also, as humanitarian shipments have gradually been channeled to Kerem Shalom since the imposition of the blockade, the cost of humanitarian aid deliveries has significantly increased. Measures by the GOI significantly reduce the ability of humanitarian agencies to provide assistance to the population of, or operate from, East Jerusalem.

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18 Jan 2010

The Humanitarian Monitor | Dec 2009

As the year of 2009 comes to a close, large segments of the Palestinian civilian population in the oPt, in particular those living in the Gaza Strip and in Area C of the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, continue to endure a serious crisis of human dignity. The Israeli-imposed blockade continues to hinder reconstruction in Gaza. As of the end of the year, some 20,000 Gazans remain displaced. Some 60 percent of the West Bank, remains off-limits for Palestinian use and development, and many Palestinian families face the threat of displacement from eviction or demolition of their homes. While in 2009 the overall number of Palestinian injuries reached the lowest level since 2005, human rights groups have drawn attention to the recent rise in Israeli arrests of organizers of non-violent protests in the West Bank.

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11 Dec 2009

The Humanitarian Monitor | Nov 2009

House demolitions and displacement affecting East Jerusalem continue to be of concern. Israeli settler organizations intensify their efforts to take control of land and property in East Jerusalem and establish a sustained presence in Palestinian neighbourhoods. The Jerusalem municipality approve the construction of 900 new housing units in Gilo settlement. In Gaza, as winter approaches there is increasing concern for the families whose homes were destroyed or damaged as a result of the ?Cast Lead? military offensive. The continuing blockade has resulted in negligible reconstruction and repair, as essential materials continue to be denied entry: thousands of families continue to live in homes without window panes or solar panels due to the ban on the import of glass.

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18 Nov 2009

The Humanitarian Monitor | October 2009

October's events highlight the impact of access restrictions, including restrictions on the use of space, on the ability of Palestinians to meet basic human needs such as protection, shelter, food, water, and healthcare. The lifting of blockade of Gaza, along with the freezing of demolitions and the revocation of the Barrier permit regime in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are essential steps to improving the humanitarian situation and restoring dignity to many Palestinians.

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22 Oct 2009

The Humanitarian Monitor | Sept 2009

September events highlight a number of ongoing protection concerns and underscore the fragility of the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). After four months of relative calm in the oPt, there was a sudden escalation of Israeli-Palestinian violence and a rise in related casualties, due mainly to clashes in East Jerusalem and increased settler violence.

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17 Sep 2009

The Humanitarian Monitor | August 2009

This month, one of the deadliest intra-Palestinian armed clashes since the Hamas takeover of Gaza claimed the lives of 28 people, including five civilians; over 100 others were injured in the incident. Aside from this incident, there were no significant changes in protection and access trends observed during previous months. Palestinian casualties due to Israeli-Palestinian violence remained relatively low in August, in comparison with monthly averages in the first half of the year, and Palestinian movement to and from the main urban centres in the West Bank continued to be relatively smooth, with the exception of access to East Jerusalem. However, access to large farming and grazing areas and water resources in the West Bank remain heavily restricted, and Israel's blockade of Gaza continues to severely impact livelihoods and services.

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16 Aug 2009

The Humanitarian Monitor | July 2009

Barriers continue to afflict Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), impeding efforts to improve the humanitarian situation. The 9th of July marked the fifth anniversary of the International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion on the West Bank Wall, according to which the route of the wall running inside the West Bank was declared illegal. OCHA has issued a new report highlighting the humanitarian impact of the Barrier. In the West Bank, demolition of Palestinian-owned structures for the lack of requisite permits continue and settler violence is on the rise. The Barrier around the Gaza Strip, built in 1995, facilitates the ongoing Israeli blockade, which is collectively afflicting the lives of a million and a half Gazan residents. This month experienced the lowest amount of imports of basic supplies allowed into the Gaza Strip since the beginning of 2009.

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