(Last update: 12 June 2021)

Recent hostilities in Gaza and continuing protests across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, originate from a series of discriminatory practices and systematic violations of international law by Israeli authorities, most recently centred on occupied East Jerusalem. Subsequent protests across the West Bank have been met by the widespread use of excessive force against Palestinians. Israel’s 11-day military assault on blockaded Gaza, which ended with a ceasefire on 21 May, caused widespread civilian casualties and extensive damage to homes and essential infrastructure, including healthcare facilities.

Our teams in the West Bank and Gaza are working with partners to ensure that Palestinians get the medical aid they need during this critical time. 

In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, MAP is providing essential medications, dressings and fluids to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) teams who are treating the wounded. In Gaza, we are procuring essential medicines and disposables alongside our ongoing support to the central blood bank, limb reconstruction services and neurosurgery. MAP is thoroughly assessing emerging humanitarian needs and will continue to update supporters as we respond. 

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Situation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem

At the time of writing, 35 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, since 7 May, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS). A further 7,056 have been injured.

The PRCS has reported significant impediments to its work, including being prevented by Israeli forces from accessing the wounded, and physical assaults on its ambulances and paramedic crews.

A number of PCRS teams and vehicles have been delayed by Israeli forces and settler attacks in Nablus and refugee camps near Hebron. One PRCS volunteer near Ramallah was hit in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

Situation in Gaza

At the time of writing, no armed hostilities have been reported since a ceasefire entered into effect at 02.00 local time, on 21 May. 

During the 11-day Israeli military campaign in Gaza, 256 Palestinians were killed, including 66 children and 6 people with disabilities, and 1,948 people were injured, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health.

Hundreds of sites in Gaza were damaged or destroyed by Israeli airstrikes, including residential buildings, water and electricity infrastructure, and medical facilities. The Hala Al Shawwa primary health centre was destroyed, which provides COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Israeli airstrikes targeted roads to two main hospitals in Gaza, restricting access for emergency services, as well as causing indirect damage to two other healthcare facilities. Two prominent doctors and a psychologist have also reportedly been killed.

The North Gaza Seawater Desalination Plant has halted operations due to damage and risk to staff, affecting the availability of water for over 250,000 people. Fuel supplies in Gaza are set to run out within days, endangering electricity supply to hospitals, homes and other essential infrastructure.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), 8,500 people remain displaced from their homes with host families and in UNRWA schools as of 6 June. 

In Israel, 12 were killed and hundreds more injured by rockets fired from Gaza, according to UNOCHA.

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