UNICEF in the State of Palestine Escalation Humanitarian Situation Report No.12

Reporting Period: 21 to 27 December 2023


  • Over 2 million people in the Gaza Strip are classified as living in emergency and catastrophic food insecurity phases, according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report, greatly aggravating the prevalence of acute malnutrition. All children, under five in the Gaza Strip - 335,000 - are at high risk of severe malnutrition and preventable death. The UN Secretary-General warned of risk of famine.
  • Humanitarian activities continue to face operational constraints due to hostilities, insecurity, blocked roads and limited communications.
  • UNICEF continues to support the Maternal, New-born and Child Health (MNCH) services in 20 shelters in North Gaza with partners, providing primary health care services to IDPs, with focus on children and women.
  • UNICEF continued providing recreational activities in the Gaza Strip through partners, reaching 40,898 children and adolescents with recreational activities, with a significant contribution to the well-being of these individuals.
  • Nearly 450,000 people in the Gaza Strip benefitted to date from UNICEF provided multi-purpose cash assistance (MPCA) and top ups.
  • In the past week, UNICEF delivered 29 truckloads of critical emergency supplies into the Gaza Strip including hygiene kits for 60,000 people; medical consumables for 15,000 people; and winter clothing to cover 9,000 children between the ages between 1-5 years.
  • Immunization programmes with UNICEF, WHO, UNRWA and MOH are restarting in the Gaza Strip. UNICEF delivered 80,000 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines into the Gaza Strip in the past week.

Situation reports are the main reporting tool to monitor UNICEF’s humanitarian response. They provide an update on the situation and needs of children in a country or region, as well as information on UNICEF’s response and funding requirements.

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