Palestine – Conflict and Humanitarian Situation in Gaza – ECHO Daily Flash

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  • On 25 July, tensions flared up again in Gaza. In response to Palestinian sniper fire which injured an Israeli soldier and a number of rockets fired towards Israel, seven locations were targeted by Israeli fire. Three members of Hamas were killed.
  • On 26 July, a 17 year old Palestinian entered the settlement community of Adam north of Jerusalem and stabbed three persons, killing a 31 year old father of two. The attacker was later shot and killed.
  • Meanwhile, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. Kerem Shalom, the main crossing point for commercial goods, has been closed for over two weeks, except for essential food and medicine. Restrictions on import of fuel and cooking gas as well as vital humanitarian goods have only been lifted in the last few days. No goods have exited since 9 July. These measures put a further strain on an already fragile economy and the functioning of basic services that are also heavily impacted by the lack of electricity, degraded infrastructure, material resources and administrative obstacles.
  • In addition, humanitarian interventions in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector (WASH) funded by international donors are currently being blocked by Israeli-imposed restrictions. High priority WASH items prevented from entering include: mobile pumps to dewater flooded areas, water testing and disinfection material, essential electromechanical equipment, sulphite resistant cement and epoxy paints for insulation.
  • The UN agency in charge of Palestine refugees (UNRWA) announced that over 250 staff in Gaza and the West Bank will not have their contracts renewed or will be laid off. This is a consequence of the severe financial shortfall the Agency is facing following US funding cuts. Protests were reported inside the UNRWA compound and senior management was forced to leave office with an armed escort.


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