HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STÉPHANE DUJARRIC,
SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES
THURSDAY, 31 JANUARY 2019
OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY
According to the latest humanitarian report, the Gaza Strip continues to face an unprecedented humanitarian crisis as its health system struggles to cope with a high number of injuries following months-long demonstrations along the fence. In 2018, 180 Palestinians were killed and more than 23,300 were injured.
Along with medical supply shortages, the health system is facing severe energy concerns, with disruption of the provisions of health services at some of hospitals and clinics. At the end of December 2018, 42 per cent of essential drugs were at zero stock level – meaning up to a month’s worth of supplies.
The Humanitarian Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territory, Jamie McGoldrick, has welcomed the contribution of some $20 million from Qatar for cash-for-work programmes in Gaza. The UN hopes that this Qatari transfer will help to alleviate some of the immediate distress and calls for continuous support for the people of Gaza, where a further $148 million will be required for cash-for-work activities in 2019.
Document Sources: Department of Public Information (DPI), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Secretary-General
Subject: Assistance, Casualties, Gaza Strip, Incidents, Protests, Refugees and displaced persons
Publication Date: 31/01/2019
URL source: http://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight