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

25/05: 30% of critical medical supplies have run out in Gaza as a result of the continued blockage of deliveries by the PA. ?

18/05: In April, the monthly average of incoming humanitarian goods to Gaza was at its lowest level since 2008 while humanitarian needs remain high. ?

16/05: The head of the Health and Environmental sector in Gaza declared the health sector to be in a state of crisis. ?

01/06: Hospitals in Gaza are working at minimal capacity, with only the most critical services being provided. Fuel reserves for the 186 most critical health, water and sanitation facilities in the Gaza Strip are forecasted to be exhausted in June ?

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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.


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Key documents

January - December 2015


Humanitarian Response Plan