Copy of UNICEF in the State of Palestine Escalation Humanitarian Situation Report No. 18

Reporting Period: 8 February to 14 February 2024


• Throughout the Gaza Strip, internally displaced persons (IDPs) continue to face challenging humanitarian conditions while having acute shortages of safe areas, shelters, clean water, food and medicine. Up to 75 per cent of the total population (1.7 million out of 2.3 million people) are estimated to be displaced, some multiple times. Most are located in the Rafah governorate in the south of the Gaza Strip.
• Observations show people move out of Rafah in anticipation of hostilities.
• The health system in the Gaza Strip continues to be under attack due to the hostilities, reducing the access for patients and health workers to critical services.
• UNICEF provided fuel for water wells and desalination plants to produce clean water, benefitting more than 1,326,000 people, including over 670,000 children with lifesaving water for drinking and domestic needs.
• UNICEF with partners continued to support the well-being of children in the Gaza Strip through the provision of recreational activities. Since the beginning of the year, partners, who were able to report, reached more than 13,000 children, including more than 490 children with disabilities.
• UNICEF supported girls’ well-being by distributing Adolescent Girls Personal Care kits to 3,700 adolescents through women’s led organizations.
• UNICEF has moved 50 truck loads into the Gaza Strip in the past week, bringing in critical emergency supplies including: Ready to Use Infant Formula (RUIF) to cover 4,000 babies for two months, family hygiene kits to cover 5,000 families (25,000 people), sanitary pads for 8,640 adolescents, sets of winter clothing for 11,600 children, hygiene kits for 1,120 families.

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