UNICEF State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report No. 6 (Gaza Escalation) – June 28, 2021 – Occupied Palestinian Territory
Tensions in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, continue. Between May 7 and June 28, six Palestinian children were killed in the West Bank and 276 children were 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 137 children were reportedly arrested.
About 8,400 internally displaced persons (IDPs) remain in the Gaza Strip, including in two UNRWA schools. Displaced people are mainly people whose homes have been destroyed or made uninhabitable. According to local authorities, around 15,130 homes suffered damage.
Despite strict restrictions on the delivery of equipment and goods to Gaza, UNICEF and its partners have provided access to clean water to 415,000 people in the Gaza Strip by maintaining desalination plants, supporting water pumping stations and supplying sufficient water treatment chemicals for two to three months. , including through the use of a prepositioned diet. UNICEF also provided electronic vouchers to 29,084 vulnerable people (50% children) in the Gaza Strip, to purchase essential hygiene items. The Kerem Shalom crossing point in the Gaza Strip is only open for the entry of specific essential items, limited humanitarian goods such as medical supplies and fuel for the private sector and UNRWA. All other imports are not allowed to enter, which limits the humanitarian response, as the availability of local equipment has dramatically decreased in the Gaza Strip.
Working with local implementing partners, UNICEF provided 1,345 children in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, with child protection, mental health and support services. psychosocial and strives to expand coverage through multi-partner and multi-sector interventions aimed at meeting the considerable unmet needs.
Under the leadership of UNICEF, the WASH and Education sectors conducted rapid needs assessments. The results illustrate the extent of the damage and the urgent humanitarian needs that will require immediate, medium and long-term solutions. The findings of these assessments will feed into the rapid damage needs assessment report to be released in the coming weeks jointly by the World Bank, the EU and the UN.
Following the launch of the inter-agency flash appeal, UNICEF requires US $ 11.3 million to meet humanitarian and life-saving needs, of which US $ 7.5 million remains a gap as of June 28, 2021.