Ensuring the delivery of essential services including healthcare, food, water, and electricity remains difficult across the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in light of access restrictions imposed by Israel and neighbouring countries. Needs, particularly water and electricity, are particularly acute in Gaza, where 22,600 Palestinians remain displaced following the conflict in 2014. The blockade continues to severely restrict access and the movement of people and goods.

INFORM measures Palestine's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster for 2018 to be at 4.6/10, down from 6.1/10 in 2016. Vulnerability is of particular concern, at 6.2/10.?

Latest Developments

12/10: Israel halted all fuel deliveries to the Gaza Strip, which faces a fuel crisis, in a move that is likely to affect basic services.

02/10: A general strike began on 1 October across the West Bank, Gaza and historical Palestinian territories. Commercial, governmental and non-governmental enterprises are closed, and universities and schools also closed on 1 October in solidarity with the strike.

01/10: UNWRA has withdrawn several international staff members following security concerns and harassment in Gaza.

18/09: The shelling of an UNRWA school in Gaza, a legal green light to demolish a school in Khan al-Ahmar and UNRWA’s funding crisis reflect the increasing risks posed to Palestinian children's education.


Key figures

  • 2,500,000 People in need  [?]
  • 1,900,000 Need protection assistance  [?]
  • 1,600,000 Food insecure  [?]
  • 1,800,000 Need wash assistance  [?]
  • 16,500 Still displaced in Gaza  [?]

Key priorities

Protection: People are facing or at risk of forced displacement, administrative detention, exposure to explosive remnants of war (ERW) and outbreaks of physical violence.

Health: Continuity of medical care is threatened by the financial crisis and electricity shortages. Mental health disorders constitute a major medical concern, particularly affecting children. 300,000 children are in need of psycho-social support.


Information Gaps and needs

Lack of information on food and nutrition needs in both Gaza and the West Bank and on the needs of IDPs in Gaza.

Key documents

Palestine Humanitarian Needs Overview 2017

January - December 2015


Humanitarian Response Plan