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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Occupied Palestinian territory and Israel

17 May 2021


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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 17 May 2021

Occupied Palestinian territory and Israel

In the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, OCHA says that hostilities and violence continue on both sides. Between 10 May and 17 May, at noon local time, 198 Palestinians have been killed, including 58 children, and some 1,300 injured, accordingly to the Ministry of Health in Gaza.

Hostilities have also resulted in significant additional displacement, with more than 42,000 people seeking protection in 50 UNRWA schools across Gaza. According to the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, 94 buildings, comprising 461 housing and commercial units, have been destroyed since the start of the escalation. In addition, 285 housing units have been severely damaged and rendered uninhabitable, leaving more than 2,500 people homeless, according to the Shelter Cluster partners.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says that some of the recent air strikes by the Israeli military, particularly on high-rise buildings, raise serious concerns for indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks under international humanitarian law.

Forty-one education facilities, including schools, two kindergartens, an UNRWA vocational training centre, Ministry of Education directorate and a higher education facility, have been damaged. As of 15 May, four Ministry of Health hospitals, two NGO hospitals, two clinics, a health centre and a facility belonging to the Palestine Red Crescent Society have sustained damage.

Power supply across Gaza has reduced to six-eight hours per day, on average, with a number of feeder lines not functioning, disrupting the provision of health care and other basic services, including water, hygiene and sanitation.

The need for food and cash support is increasing. As far as the security situation allows, the UN, along with its humanitarian partners, is providing food and non-food items to displaced families in Gaza, and immediate cash assistance to more than 52,000 people.

The UN and partners are also undertaking remote psychosocial counselling sessions for the traumatized and increasing awareness about the heightened risk of explosive remnants of war, as well as assessing damage to property and essential infrastructure.

In the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, widespread demonstrations and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces broke out in multiple locations in commemoration of Nakba Day on 15 May. Two Palestinians were shot and killed by Israeli forces. Another boy died after having been shot four days previously in Hebron by Israeli forces.

In Israel, 10 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured due to Palestinian rocket attacks. The launching of rockets and mortars from highly populated civilian neighborhoods into civilian population centres to Israel violates international humanitarian law.