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Gaza: News, Stories & Official Statements

What you need to know about the United Nations response to the conflict in the Middle East.

1.7
million people displaced
32,975
Deaths
75,577
Injured
176
UNRWA colleagues killed

Source: UNRWA, 3 April 2024, 22.30 local time

8 April

  • Palestinian request for UN membership in spotlight amid fears for Rafah invasion (UN News)
  • Saudi contribution to WFP will Provide Life-saving Food Assistance to around 378,000 Internally Displaced Palestinians in Gaza (WFP)

7 April

  • Hope grows for UN mission to ‘flood’ Gaza with food, despite fears of imminent Rafah invasion (UN News)

6 April

  • Gaza: ‘Systematic dismantling of healthcare must end’ says WHO (UN News)
  • Planning the post-war reconstruction and recovery of Gaza (UN News)
  • Six months of war leave Al-Shifa hospital in ruins, WHO mission reports (WHO)
  • Six months on, the war in Gaza is a betrayal of humanity (OCHA)
  • Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick (OCHA)

5 April

  • Secretary-General’s Press Encounter on Gaza (OSSG)
  • Gaza: ‘No protection’ for civilians, aid workers, Security Council hears (UN News)
  • Israel must allow ‘quantum leap’ in aid delivery UN chief urges, calling for change in military tactics (UN News)
  • Israel’s Genocide Must Not Go Unpunished, Speakers Say as Civil Society Organizations Conference Working on Question of Palestine Concludes (UNGA)
  • Gaza: Human Rights Council resolution urges arms embargo on Israel (UN News)
  • SG Spokesperson noon briefing highlights (OSSG)
  • Mr. Ramesh Rajasingham, Director, Coordination division, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, on behalf of Mr. Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA)
  • Speakers in Security Council Condemn Deadly Israeli Airstrikes on Aid Workers in Gaza, Urge Immediate Action to End Violations of International Humanitarian Law (UNGA)
  • Protecting Palestine refugee herding communities in Area C amidst heightened levels of settler violence (UNRWA)
  • Human Rights Council Adopts Resolutions: Text Calling for an Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza, Urging States to Prevent the Continued Forcible Transfer of Palestinians Within or From Gaza, and Calling on States to Cease the Sale or Transfer of Arms to Israel (UN HRC)
  • Gaza: FAO contributes to fighting malnutrition and starvation (FAO)
  • Occupied Palestinian Territory/Israel: Vital need to ensure humanitarian aid and protect humanitarian workers (OHCHR)

4 April

  • Gaza: Resuming night-time aid deliveries, UN reports ‘dire’ conditions (UN News)

3 April

  • ‘Shocking’ increase in children denied aid in conflicts (UN News)
  • Israel/Gaza: UN experts deplore attacks on Al-Shifa Hospital, urge States to stop the massacre (UN HRC)
  • Civil society and civilians must be protected in “harrowing” Gaza conflict (OHCHR)
  • Gaza: Aid worker killings prompt temporary halt to UN operations after dark (UN News)
  • $414 million appeal for Palestine refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan (UN News)
  • Millions of dollars needed to make Gaza safe from unexploded bombs (UN News)
  • WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing (WHO)
  • 2024 Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan Emergency Appeal (UNRWA)
  • Social and Economic Situation of Palestinian Women and Girls (July 2020 – June 2022) (ESCWA)

2 April

  • Gaza: Israeli strike on NGO aid team condemned as humanitarians renew access call (UN News)
  • Gaza: UN aid teams still waiting for Israeli green light to relieve stricken northern hospital (UN News)
  • “We need real action”—Palestinian women speak of hope and resilience amid the horrors of war in Gaza (UN Women)
  • Joint World Bank, UN Report Assesses Damage to Gaza’s Infrastructure (World Bank)
  • Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory Mr. Jamie McGoldrick (OCHA)

1 April

  • Israel continues to block aid into northern Gaza; UN sending team to shattered Al-Shifa Hospital (UN News)

30 March

  • UN launches investigation into Lebanon explosion that injured peacekeepers (UN News)
  • Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on incident close to the Blue Line (OSSG)

28 March

  • Gaza: World court issues fresh measures for Israel as crisis deepens (UN News)
  • Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel) The Court indicates additional provisional measures (ICJ)
  • Statement by Ms. Alice Wairimu Nderitu, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, on the situation in the Middle East (UN)
  • Zakat Report shows why UNRWA’s annual Ramadan Campaign matters, as donations pour in (UNRWA)
  • Media Quote by UN Humanitarian Coordinator about increase of Civilian Casualties in South Lebanon (OCHA | UN RC \ HC Lebanon)
  • A silent threat: Gaza’s struggle with solid waste management (UNDP)

27 March

  • Statement by the Executive Director on Impending Famine in Gaza (UNFPA)

26 March

  • Rights expert finds ‘reasonable grounds’ genocide is being committed in Gaza (UN News)
  • Gaza’s Children: Trapped in a Cycle of Suffering (UNICEF)
  • Security Council Briefing by SC Wennesland (UNSCO)
  • EUR 45 million in new contributions from Germany for services to Palestine Refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank (UNRWA)

25 March

  • Gaza: Security Council passes resolution demanding ‘an immediate ceasefire’ during Ramadan (UN News)
  • Israel’s new aid ban on UNRWA in Gaza ‘a wrong move’: UN coordinator (UN News)
  • UN Security Council demands ‘immediate ceasefire’ in Gaza, ending months-long deadlock (UN News)
  • Secretary-General’s press encounter at Wihdat Palestine Refugee Camp (UN Spokesperson)
  • Secretary-General’s remarks at press encounter with Foreign Minister Ayman Safady of Jordan (OSSG)

24 March

  • Israel tells UN it will reject UNRWA food convoys into northern Gaza (UN News)
  • Secretary-General’s remarks at press encounter with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry of Egypt (OSSG)

23 March

  • At Rafah border crossing to Gaza, UN’s Guterres calls for immediate ceasefire (UN News)
  • Secretary-General’s press encounter at Rafah border crossing (UN Spokesperson)
  • Secretary-General’s press encounter in Al Arish, Egypt (UN Spokesperson)

22 March

  • OHCHR OPT deplores Israeli Security Forces extra-judicial executions and unlawful killings in the occupied West Bank (OHCHR)
  • Russia and China veto US resolution stating imperative of ‘immediate and sustained ceasefire’ in Gaza (UN News)
  • Gaza: UN aid team reaches stricken north, confirms ‘shocking’ disease and hunger (UN News)
  • UN Human Rights Office – OPT: Attacks on the humanitarian aid distribution system (OHCHR)

21 March

  • ‘No food, no water, no tents’ – Women in Gaza fight for survival as famine looms (UN Women)
  • Gaza: Halt the war now to save children from dying of imminent famine, UN Committee warns (OHCHR)
  • Regional Director statement on visit to Al-Arish and Rafah, Egypt (WHO)
  • Amid ongoing strife in Gaza and Ukraine, UN chief reiterates peace call (UN News)

20 March

  • Gaza: Less than 1 in 2 UN aid missions allowed into northern zones this month (UN News)
  • Note to Correspondents – on the Independent Review of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (OSSG)

In its speed, scale and inhumane ferocity, the war in Gaza is the deadliest of conflicts – for civilians, aid workers, journalists, health workers, and for our UN colleagues.

We honour all those who have been killed, and pledge to remember their commitment & sacrifice.

António Guterres

Secretary-General of the United Nations (5 Apr)

KEY RESOURCES

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA):

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

United Nations

The snapshot provides a comprehensive overview of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza as of 5 April 2024

Resources
Videos
Visuals

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

  • Flash Appeal for the Occupied Palestinian Territory 2023 Extension through March 2024
  • Humanitarian Access Snapshot – Gaza Strip | End – February 2024

UNOSAT Maps – Gaza Damage:

OCHA – Situation in Lebanon:

UNRWA in figures

UN-I-SPAL: The United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine
Gaza-Israel: Escalation of Violence:

United Nations in Palestine (Resident Coordinator Office)

UN News Middle East and الحالة في الشرق الأوسط | | أخبار الأمم المتحدة

Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process

UNRIC Library Backgrounders:

ILO:

  • Report: Impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on the labour market and livelihoods in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Bulletin No. 2

IOM:

UNDP:

  • Gaza War: Expected Socio-Economic Impacts on the State of Palestine: Preliminary estimation until 5 November 2023 (ESCWA/UNDP)

UNHCR:

UNICEF:

UNFPA:

UN WOMEN:

  • In-focus: The conflict in Gaza (dedicated website)
  • Facts and figures: Women and girls during the war in Gaza (UN Women)
  • UN Women Palestine 6-month response framework (UN Women)

WFP:

2023/24 – WFP Palestine – Monthly Market Dashboard

WHO:

ReliefWeb – Occupied Palestinian Territory
http://reliefweb.int/country/pse

Gaza Strip: Access Constraints on Humanitarian Aid (27 March 2024)
Gaza Strip: Access Constraints on Humanitarian Aid (27 March 2024)
Impact of health attacks in the West Bank (7 October 2023 until 12 March 2024)
Impact of health attacks in the West Bank (7 October 2023 until 12 March 2024)
Lebanon: At a Glance - Escalation of hostilities in South Lebanon, as of 7 March 2024
Lebanon: At a Glance - Escalation of hostilities in South Lebanon, as of 7 March 2024
Flash Appeal for the Occupied Palestinian Territory 2023 Extension through March 2024
Flash Appeal for the Occupied Palestinian Territory 2023 Extension through March 2024
oPt: Humanitarian Fund Dashboard (February 2024)
oPt: Humanitarian Fund Dashboard (February 2024)
Education under attack in the Gaza Strip, as of 30 January 2024
Education under attack in the Gaza Strip, as of 30 January 2024
oPt Emergency Situation Update 20 (As of 11 January 2024 at 13:00)
oPt Emergency Situation Update 20 (As of 11 January 2024 at 13:00)
Gaza: Partners presence by governorate (directly implementing partners) (as of 17 January 2024)
Gaza: Partners presence by governorate (directly implementing partners) (as of 17 January 2024)
https://unric.org/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/01/100-days-of-war-Health-Cluster-Overview.pdf
oPt: 100 days of war - Health Cluster Overview
Overview of the damage to agricultural land and infrastructure due to the conflict in the Gaza Strip as of 31 December 2023
Overview of the damage to agricultural land and infrastructure due to the conflict in the Gaza Strip as of 31 December 2023
Impact of health attacks in the Gaza Strip (Update 28 November 2023)
Impact of health attacks in the Gaza Strip, as of 28 November
Gaza response: Palestine Logistics Cluster - One month after activation (16 November 2023)
Gaza response: Palestine Logistics Cluster - One month after activation (16 November 2023)
oPt: a Month of War (Update 6 November 2023)
oPt: a Month of War (Update 6 November 2023)
Health System Functioning: Gaza, 7 October - 6 November 2023
Health System Functioning: Gaza, 7 October - 6 November 2023
Aid Trucks Crossing From Egypt to Gaza (As of 15 November 2023)
Aid Trucks Crossing From Egypt to Gaza (As of 15 November 2023)
Gaza updated flash appeal
Occupied Palestinian Territory - Flash Appeal, as of 3 November 2023
Gaza Strip critical water and wastewater infrastructure, as of 22 October
Gaza Strip critical water and wastewater infrastructure, as of 22 October
Health Attacks in the oPt (7-17 October 2023)
Health Attacks in the oPt (7-17 October 2023)
Gaza hospital evacuation orders map
Hospital Evacuation Orders Mapping as of 16th October 2023

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