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UN and NGOs launch humanitarian plan to support Palestinians affected by the recent escalation

27 May 2021

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Sewerage pipelines in north Gaza were damaged during the latest escalation of violence. © UN

The Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Lynn Hastings, today launched a Flash Appeal to support the immediate humanitarian needs of people affected by the latest escalation of violence in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Ms. Hastings called on all Member States to contribute generously towards the US$95 million plan, to allow for its swift and full implementation over the next three months.

The appeal, if funded, will help bring food, health, medical and other supplies to hundreds of thousands of people, mainly in Gaza. The appeal will also provide psychosocial support and cash assistance and some rehabilitation of damaged schools, including UNRWA schools.

Sewerage pipelines servicing 400,000 people in north Gaza are damaged, creating health hazards.

There is also damage to more than 50 education facilities, 6 hospitals and 11 primary health-care centres. Damage to wastewater infrastructure has resulted in large volumes of untreated sewage water being discharged into the sea, creating health hazards and pollution.

Limited fuel and damage to the electricity network have reduced access to electricity to a daily average of four to six hours throughout Gaza. This comes as health systems are already overburdened by COVID-19.

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock added that humanitarian assistance has been a lifeline for many Palestinians over many years and that humanitarians are determined to continue to stand by them.

He called on the Israeli and Palestinian authorities to fulfil their obligation to ensure unimpeded access for humanitarian personnel and goods.