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 WASH needs and electricity, are  acute in Gaza, where a significant amount of infrastructure has not been rebuilt since the 2014 war. 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 2019 to be at 4/10.?

Latest Developments

30/10: Gaza's drinking water crisis is increasing rates of diarrhoeal diseases and malnutrition, paticularly among children.

29/10:  Between 27 and 29 October Israeli forces killed four protestors at friday protests, three minors aged 13 and 14 in an airstrike, and a 27 year old man in the 'naval march' protest. More protestors are injured in hospital. 

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01/10: UNWRA has withdrawn several international staff members following security concerns and harassment in Gaza.



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.