Gaza Crisis

This section includes reports. press releases and other resources published by the humanitarian orgnanizations in the occupied Palestinian (oPt) including OCHA. UN Agencies and International non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Gaza Crisis Section
Minimum Framework on the Provision of Humanitarian Assistance in Gaza
This Framework sets out principles and a modus operandi for the provision of humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip, in the sectors of activity outlined in the Consolidated Appeal (CAP) 2009 and covering all stages of response, from needs assessment to project planning and implementation and to monitoring and evaluation – and from immediate relief to early recovery and reconstruction of infrastructure required for the provision of basic social services and the recovery of livelihoods. This document is based on existing principles that are globally acknowledged and universally accepted.

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Latest Publications
02 Jul 2010

Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 23 - 29 June 2010

Three Palestinians killed in Gaza and at least 36 Palestinians injured in clashes in East Jerusalem. In the West Bank, the number of settler-related incidents declined. Demolition and issuance of eviction and demolition orders continue. In Gaza, various new items continue to enter the Strip. Tunnel-related incidents. A second attack on UNRWA summer games locations. Fuel crisis further deepened with long power cuts of 16 hours a day. Protection of Civilians Weekly Report

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21 Jun 2010

The Humanitarian Monitor | May 2010

Palestinian casualties decrease in May with an increasing trend in Israeli settler violence; After three years of blockade, the Gaza Strip continues to suffer from a severe human dignity crisis characterized by high food insecurity rates, high dependency on foreign aid, a 'locked in' civilian population, and 'de-development'. The treatment of patients suffering from bleeding disorders, certain types of cancers, kidney failure, and some infant allergies, is expected to be severely affected by a depletion of essential drugs to the lowest levels seen since June 2007. In the West Bank, the Israeli authorities announced a number of additional measures that may ease movement of Palestinian traffic between West Bank towns and cities. Access to education has been undermined for hundreds of thousands of Palestinian students by widespread classroom shortages throughout the oPt. Humanitarian monitoring reports

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16 Jun 2010

West Bank Movement and Access Update | June 2010

The present report provides data and analysis on the main trends concerning the system of West Bank movement and access restrictions implemented by the Israeli authorities between April 2009 and the end of March 2010; due to a number of Israeli measures, movement and access of Palestinians between most urban centers, particularly in the north of the West Bank, has improved during this reporting period; at the same time no significant improvement took place in the access of Palestinians to lands and resources behind the Barrier and in the Jordan Valley, around or within settlements, including access to East Jerusalem. Settlements form the single major factor in determining the configuration of closure obstacles. Special Focus

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31 May 2010

Statement of John Holmes, USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator on the 'Free Gaza' Flotilla Crisis

(New York, 31 May 2010): The ERC condemned the dreadful waste of life over a humanitarian issue, stating that such an incident should never have happened; the ERC said thar the blockade of Gaza by Israel has been unacceptable, unnecessary and counterproductive from its beginning in 2007; it has worsened conditions of life for Palestinians, deepened poverty and food insecurity, prevented reconstruction, and increased aid dependence by destroying livelihoods and economic activity. The ERC called for lifting the collective punishment of the people of Gaza once and for all. UN statements and Press Releases

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27 May 2010

Impeding Assistance: Challenges to Meeting the Humanitarian Needs of Palestinians

This Special Focus draws attention to the range of measures currently impeding the humanitarian community's ability to provide assistance to vulnerable Palestinians. The delivery of principled humanitarian assistance requires an operating environment that is conducive to the regular and continued deployment of staff and supplies, and managed in accordance with the principles of impartiality, neutrality and independence. In the occupied Palestinian territory, however, the humanitarian community is facing a number of obstacles to the movement of staff and goods and other restrictions impacting day-to-day operations that limit its ability to efficiently and effectively respond to existing needs. Special Focus

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25 May 2010

Farming without Land, Fishing without Water: Gaza Agriculture Sector Struggles to Survive

Livelihoods and lives of people living in the Gaza Strip have been devastated by over 1000 days of near complete blockade. However, with the investment of simple inputs and increased access to land, the Agriculture Sector has the potential to make substantial improvements to the quality of life, food security and nutrition of an estimated 1.5 million Palestinian people. Other Organizations Report

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25 May 2010


Humanitarian aid agencies call upon the Government of Israel for full and unfettered access into and out of the Gaza Strip for materials and exports necessary for the revival of the agriculture and fishing sectors and for the lifting of restrictions imposed on Palestinian access to farm land and fishing areas. UN statements and Press Releases

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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 The Humanitarian Monitor

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17 May 2010

Fact Sheet: Gaza's Electricity Crisis | May 2010

Since January 2010, there has been a serious deterioration in the supply of electricity in the Gaza Strip; the Gaza Power Plant (GPP) has most days produced half the electricity it used to in 2009 due to lack of funds to purchase the industrial fuel required to operate the plant. This fact sheet describes the humanitarian impact of the chronic power shortfall, including people killed and injured due to reliance on mobile back-up generators. Special Reports

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04 Mar 2010


Jerusalem/New York, 4 March 2010): On the fourth day of his mission in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes visited vulnerable Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank. UN statements and Press Releases

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