The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) launched an appeal for humanitarian assistance and early recovery in the amount of $164 million following the hostilities in Gaza during May 2021. According to UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
Dujarric explained that this appeal replaces the flash appeal of $38 million issued on May 19, 2021. UNRWA confirmed that it will continue to monitor the situation and update its needs assessment accordingly .
Dujarric said the updated appeal includes the immediate emergency response measures implemented by UNRWA in Gaza and the West Bank between 10 and 31 May and the early recovery needs of Palestine refugees in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, until 31 December 2021.
“This appeal sets out needs for emergency repair of shelters, humanitarian assistance for displaced families, and emergency repairs and maintenance of UNRWA installations, ” he added.
According to UNRWA, the airstrikes caused severe damage to physical infrastructure, including homes and Agency installations, and to water and sanitation networks in refugee camps.
UNRWA installations, which served as emergency shelters, were damaged as up to 71,000 people were seeking shelter at the height of the conflict. It is estimated that approximately 7,500 Palestine refugees remain displaced, of whom 7,150 are staying with relatives and friends, and approximately 350 individuals remain in two UNRWA schools in Jabalia and Beach Camp.
In a statement, UNRWA Commissioner-General Philip Lazzarini said: “The impact of this conflict on Palestine refugees and the three previous rounds of violence – has been devastating,” adding that “the trauma suffered by the people of Gaza, including some 1.4 million Palestine refugees, will continue to reverberate.” in hesitation for a long time .”