Ensuring the delivery of essential services including healthcare, food, water, and electricity remain of concern across the Gaza strip and the West Bank due to access restrictions imposed by Israel and neighbouring countries. Needs, particularly water and electricity, are particularly acute in Gaza, where around 24,500 Palestinians remain displaced from the 50-day war in 2014. The ongoing blockade continues to severely restrict the delivery of services 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

4/01:  Fourteen Palestinians have been killed and over 4,500 injured since 6 December across Palestine in protests following the announcement of the US president recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. ?

Key figures

  • 2,000,000 People in need  [?]
  • 1,800,000 Need protection assistance  [?]
  • 1,300,000 FOOD INSECURE  [?]
  • 1,450,000 NEED WASH ASSISTANCE  [?]
  • 24,500 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 WASH needs in the West Bank.
Key documents

Palestine Humanitarian Needs Overview 2017

January - December 2015


Humanitarian Response Plan