Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency
Situation Report (as of 13 July 2014, 1500 hrs)
168, 133, 80%, 26, 9, 36, 26
According to preliminary data collected by the Protection Cluster, since 7 July, at least 168 Palestinians, including 133 civilians (80 per cent of total fatalities), 26 members of armed groups and nine persons whose status could not be verified have been killed by Israeli air, naval and ground strikes in Gaza. An estimated 36 children and 26 women are among the fatalities.
These figures, along with reports about the circumstances of some incidents, where civilians or civilian objects have been directly hit by Israeli fire (see below for incidents during the period), while there was allegedly no rocket fire or armed group activity in the close vicinity, have raised concerns about the respect for the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution in attack under international humanitarian law.
18, 6, 3, 1, 16
In the most serious incident overnight, an Israeli airstrike targeted a house east of Gaza city. According to initial information, 18 persons including six children and three women, one of them pregnant, were killed, and 16 others injured including the Director General of the Gaza police, reportedly the intended target who was visiting his relatives at the time.
1,140, 296, 233
1,140 Palestinians including 296 children and 233 women have also been injured.
The number of homes destroyed or severely damaged by Israeli attacks since the start of the emergency has reached 940, bringing the estimated number of people displaced in these incidents to 5,600.
About 1,420 families (8,500 individuals), whose homes sustained significant damage but are still inhabitable, require NFI emergency shelter repairs, such as nylon and tarpaulin.
About 48,000 individuals living in slightly affected houses (broken windows and damaged doors) are in need of basic NFIs [Non-Food Items] such as nylon and plastic sheets.
16,000 individuals from northern Gaza and have taken shelter at twenty UNRWA schools in Gaza City and Jabalia.
25,300 children whose families have experienced death, injury or loss of homes are in need of psychosocial (PSS) support.
Injury to utility workers is also of increasing concern. An employee of the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU) was hit by an Israeli airstrike in Rafah and sustained serious injury today; two CMWU workers and a child were reportedly killed in similar circumstances on 11 July. Consequently, the CMWU has announced that they have suspended routine operations due to increased security risks and the alleged targeting of their technicians. Only critical facilities, particularly wells, easily accessible by technicians will be operated. As a result, over 1/3 of the population of Gaza may not have access to potable water.
Since the start of the escalation, 29 government schools and 37 UNRWA schools have been affected by shelling due to their close proximity to targeted sites.
Indiscriminate rocket firing by armed groups in Gaza at Israeli localities continued with Israeli media reporting that approximately 1,500 rockets have been fired at Israel since the beginning of the emergencys.
So far, approximately 100 unexploded bombs have been reported throughout the Gaza Strip, 30 in Rafah area alone.
3,600, 32, 1,000
3,600 fishermen are in need of re-establishing their livelihoods and require assistance in the interim as they don’t have access to the sea for the seventh day. Thirty two fishing boats have been burned/destroyed or partially damaged. In addition, 1,000 fishing nets were burned.