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Gaza Situation - Report 14

24 hour reports by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)

Due to the dramatic escalation in violence over the past few days and the massive assault on Gaza, UNRWA has declared an emergency in all five areas of the Gaza Strip. It is closely monitoring the situation and stands ready to mount an emergency response should that become necessary. The priority for the Agency has now shifted to emergency operations, providing assistance to those who have been displaced and sought shelter in UNRWA schools, while attempting to continue regular operations. Urgent funding needs persist and are increasing

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The total number of Palestinian deaths currently stands at 582. The number of displaced into UNRWA schools is now double the peak number from the 2008/9 conflict, and now exceeds 102,000 in 68 schools.

Serious concerns were raised over the past 24 hours regarding respect for International Humanitarian Law (IHL). UNRWA strongly condemns an attack on an UNRWA school in Maghazi sheltering approximately 1,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and operating as a designated emergency shelter. The shelter was struck by explosive ordnance believed to have been fired by Israel, which injured one IDP. Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir El Baleh was also reportedly shelled, killing five people, including two doctors, and wounding at least 70.

The number of Palestinians killed in the conflict passed 500 today. In the past 24- hour period, 107 Palestinians were killed, including 22 women and 22 children. Devastatingly, the bodies of 12 members of one family, all children, were removed from the rubble of a building in Bani Suhaila, Khan Younis on 21 July. At least 3,720 Palestinians were injured during this 24-hour period. Nine Israeli soldiers were reportedly killed during this period, with international media reporting that the Israeli death toll currently stands at 29, including 2 civilians.

With an ongoing and intensifying ground operation, levels of displacement continue to grow. In the past 24 hours, almost 18,000 additional people sought refuge in UNRWA shelters, bringing the total number of IDPs in UNRWA shelters to 102,788. This figure represents about 6 per cent of Gaza’s total population.

On 21 July, 13 out of 21 UNRWA Health Centers were open and 6,783 patients presented at UNRWA Health Centers across the Gaza Strip, including 505 children.”

Reportedly, there were 205 rockets and 51 mortar shells fired towards Israel. There were also reports that 183 missiles were fired into Gaza in addition to 233 navy shells and 963 tank shells. Reportedly, 66 houses were bombarded. For the first time in this conflict, an UNRWA staff member, a female teacher, has been confirmed to have been killed.

A total of 77 UNRWA installations have been damaged since 1 June 2014. In the past 24 hours, two UNRWA installations were damaged – one school in Beit Hanoun and one in Maghazi.

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