UNICEF in the State of Palestine Escalation Humanitarian Situation Report No.3

Reporting Period: 20 to 26 October 2023


• There are estimated to be over 1.4 million Internally Displaced People (IDPs) across the Gaza Strip, 629,000 of whom are hosted in 150 UNRWA Designated Emergency Shelters (DES).

• According to the Ministry of Health (MoH) as of October 26, reportedly 2,913 children were killed in the Gaza Strip since the start of hostilities, with a further 6,168 children reportedly injured. A further 35 children have reportedly been killed in the West Bank as a result of increasing violence.

• 221 schools have sustained damage in the Gaza Strip, representing over 40 per cent of all school buildings in the Gaza Strip. 625,000 children enrolled in school across the Gaza Strip have no access to education.

• UNICEF supported the temporary restoration of water to an estimated 1 million people in the Deir Al Balah, Khan Younis and Rafah areas of the Gaza Strip including over 560,000 children through provision of fuel and water treatment supplies.

• UNICEF has moved 13 trucks through the Rafah Crossing into the Gaza Strip with supplies including medicines and medical consumable kits delivered to Nasser Hospital for an estimated 165,000 people, as well as bottled water for 55,000 people. These supplies are in addition to the supplies already distributed through UNRWA and MoH.

• UNICEF has reached around 3,000 IDP children and adolescents with daily recreational and psychosocial support activities.

• UNICEF has made cash transfers targeting over 22,000 people, half of them children.


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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