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On 7 July 2014, the Israeli army launched a military operation code-named “Protective Edge”, in the Gaza Strip, following several weeks of escalation. The scale of destruction, devastation and displacement wreaked in the 50 days of conflict that ensued is unprecedented in Gaza, since at least the start of the Israeli occupation in 1967. Following several short-lived cease-fires, on 26 August, the parties to the conflict reached an open-ended cease-fire which has held to date.

On 13, 18 and 19 August, under the coordination of OCHA, a Multi-Cluster/Agency Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) was carried out in Gaza with the aim of gathering
baseline information on the needs arising from the military operation, and informing the humanitarian response.

A 400-point questionnaire was developed and the assessment teams, drawn from the relevant clusters, UN agencies, NGOs, and line ministries visited all five governorates and 25 municipalities in Gaza. The list of informants included community leaders, NGOs, CBOs, mayors, teachers, youths, IDPs, health experts, and representatives from the electricity and water utilities.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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09 Sep 2014
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