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Emergency Intervention Update —
20-22 Visit


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05 Nov 2014 By Sami El-Yousef

Starting to look beyond the Emergency Intervention

This was our second visit to Gaza after the war that ended on 26 August 2014. Not to forget how ugly this war was, the following UN statistics summarize the situation on the ground at the end of the war:



  • 51 days of hostilities (7 July — 26 August 2014),
  • Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) military activity included 5,085 airstrikes; 8,210 bombs and missiles dropped; 15,736 naval projectiles; 36,718 land projectiles
  • Hamas military activity included 1,676 mortar bombs; and 4,584 rockets
  • Palestinians killed: 2,131 of whom 1,473 are civilians including 501 children and 257 women
  • At least 142 families had lost three or more members in the same incident, for a total of 739 civilian fatalities
  • Israelis killed: 71 including 66 soldiers
  • Palestinians injured: 11,231 including 3,436 children, 3,540 women, and 418 elderly. It is estimated that 1,000 of the children injuries will lead to permanent disabilities
  • Internally displaced persons amounts to 110,000
  • Housing units completely destroyed or severely damaged: 18,000 with an additional 37,650 units sustaining damages deeming them inhabitable
  • Damage to water infrastructure leaving 450,000 unable to access municipal water
  • Destruction of sole power plant translates to 18 hour power outages daily
  • Health: 62 hospitals and clinics have been damaged
  • Education: 220 schools damaged including 22 completely destroyed
  • Trauma: 373,000 children in need of psychosocial support
  • Business: 419 businesses and workshops damaged and 128 completely destroyed
  • Hostilities forced farmers and herders to abandon 17,000 hectares of croplands as well as much of its agricultural infrastructure including greenhouses, irrigation systems, animal farms, fodder stocks and fishing boats
  • Access to sea prohibited for 50 days
  • Unemployment very high reaching 70% of youth aged 20-24.





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