State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report (Escalation) No.10, 14 December 2023


  • Up to 1.9 million people, nearly 85 per cent of the population, are displaced. Entire neighbourhoods, where children used to play and go to school, are turned into stacks of rubble. Humanitarian and physical space is further severely shrinking.
  • Up to 360,000 documented cases of infectious diseases are reported in shelters. WHO confirmed cases of meningitis, jaundice, impetigo, chickenpox, and upper respiratory tract infections.
  • Cold and wet weather makes it difficult to stay warm and healthy. UNICEF is the only agency procuring winter clothes for children in the Gaza Strip.
  • In response to the deteriorating environmental and sanitary conditions, UNICEF provided fuel to a wastewater treatment plant to support sewage treatment and safe disposal, benefiting over 275,000 people in Rafah, including 140,250 children.
  • UNICEF provided psychosocial support services to 415 people in the Gaza Strip through helpline services.
  • UNICEF with partners expanded recreational activities in the Gaza Strip to 18,350 children and adolescents including 11,569 girls and 265 children with disabilities.
  • UNICEF with partners reached 14,994 children and 4,532 caregivers with psychosocial support services since 7 October.
  • Over the past weeks 35 UNICEF trucks have entered Gaza with Jerry cans to benefit 110,000 people, pharmaceuticals medical kits for 150,000 people, medical consumables to cover 30,000 people, hygiene kits for 7,200 people, ready to use therapeutic food (RUTF) for 2,450 children to treat malnutrition, winter clothing for 2,000 children, 7,500 infants, and blankets for 5,000 people.

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