UNICEF Report on the Humanitarian Situation in the State of Palestine No. 7 (escalation in Gaza) as of July 15, 2021 – Occupied Palestinian Territory
• Tensions in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, continue. Between May 7 and July 13, six Palestinian children were reportedly killed in the West Bank and 276 children were reportedly injured by live ammunition, rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas. In East Jerusalem, one child was reportedly killed, 60 children were reportedly injured and 145 children were reportedly arrested.
• In July, the Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDNA) Gaza 2021 was jointly launched by the World Bank, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN). He estimates the total damage and loss suffered in the Gaza Strip as a result of the latest conflict, including immediate and short-term needs, as well as longer-term reconstruction needs, to be between 290 and 380 millions of dollars. UNICEF and cluster partners have contributed to the development of RDNA in the WASH, Education and Social Protection sectors.
• In collaboration with implementing partners, UNICEF provided 2,629 children in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip with access to child protection, mental health and childcare services. psychosocial support.
• On July 13, UNICEF launched summer activities in the Gaza Strip, providing access to learning and recreation programs to 55,000 vulnerable children and adolescents. These activities involve children during the summer holidays (July and August) in structured child-friendly activities that alleviate learning losses and help overcome mental health distress and trauma. Referral pathways for case management are in place. In the same week, UNICEF started the emergency rehabilitation of the first batch of 20 schools (in total, UNICEF has committed to repair 46 schools serving 46,241 children – 54% are girls) which will help children return to school in mid-August.
• Since the ceasefire, UNICEF and its partners have provided access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation to 300,000 people in the Gaza Strip. UNICEF has also ensured access to drinking water for 355,000 people in the Gaza Strip by supporting major desalination plants.
• Following the launch of the inter-agency flash appeal, UNICEF requires $ 11.3 million to meet humanitarian and life-saving needs, of which $ 6.7 million remains a gap as of July 13, 2021.