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2016 occupied Palestinian territory - Humanitarian Fund Annual Report

HUMANITARIAN CONTEXT

Numerous OCHA reports1 have emphasized that the humanitarian context of the oPt is unique among today’s humanitarian crises and remains directly tied to the impact of occupation, now in its 50th year. Hence, a protracted protection crisis continues. The first challenge is the continuing need for protection measures for at least 1.8 million Palestinians experiencing, or at risk of, conflict and violence or displacement and denial of access to livelihoods. The second challenge is the need to ensure delivery of essential services such as water and health care for the most acutely vulnerable households that are currently denied or have restricted access. The third challenge is the need to support vulnerable households to better cope with the prolonged nature of the humanitarian crisis and the recurrent cycle of shocks, whether natural or man-made. These dynamics are significantly magnified in Gaza by the ten-yearlong blockade imposed by Israel, citing security reasons following the takeover of Gaza by Hamas, and three major escalations of hostilities in six years: combined, these factors have devastated public infrastructure, disrupted the delivery of basic services and undermined already vulnerable living conditions. Across the oPt, one in two Palestinians, or roughly two million people, will need some form of humanitarian assistance in 2017.

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Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
19 Apr 2017
Document type: 
Annual Report
Location(s): 
occupied Palestinian territory