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 are particularly acute in Gaza, where around 65,000 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 2017 to be at 4.8/10, down from 6.1/10 in 2016. Vulnerability is of particular concern, at 6.3/10.? 

Latest Developments

11/09: 200,000 children in Gaza still require psychosocial support according to a May 2017 UNRWA assessment. 

11/09: Water prices increased by 40-50% since April due to the electricity crisis in Gaza, and up to 60% of demand for water for agriculture is not met according to the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture. South-eastern communities of the Gaza Strip are most affected as they completely rely on water supplies from the rest of the Strip to farm. Farmers’ livelihoods are likely to be severely affected during the harvest, which takes place between October and December. Khan Yunis governorate is expected to be most affected with 60% expected losses, followed by North Gaza and Gaza governorates which are expected to record 40% losses.?

Key figures

  • 2,300,000 People in need  [?]
  • 1,800,000 Need protection assistance  [?]
  • 1,650,000 FOOD INSECURE  [?]
  • 1,450,000 NEED WASH ASSISTANCE  [?]
  • 37,000 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.


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