Occupied Palestinian Territory: Complex Emergency MDRPS012 – Final Report – Occupied Palestinian Territory



DREF chronology and summary of the main revisions made to the emergency action plan:

May 15 to May 31, 2021:

The following changes have been made to the DREF budget to reflect the changing situation and needs in Gaza.

  • Insurance costs – to cover 5,000 volunteers.

  • Purchase of hygiene kits, mattresses and blankets.

June 01 to July 15, 2021:

The following activities have been revised and added to the DREF:

  • Supply of 20 oxygen bottles as part of the maintenance of the oxygen supply network at the triage point of Al-Quds hospital.

  • Maintenance of three medical elevators at Al-Quds Hospital.

  • Free extension of the response until November 30, 2021.

July 16 to October 31, 2021:

The following activities have been revised and added to the DREF:

  • Supply of 20 oxygen bottles as part of the maintenance of the oxygen supply network at the triage point of Al-Quds hospital.

  • The oxygen cylinders were received and delivered to Al-Quds Hospital on October 28, 2021.

  • Maintenance of three medical elevators at Al-Quds Hospital.

November 22 to December 25, 2021:

  • One of the medical lifts has been serviced and the other two are still undergoing maintenance and installation.

  • The response deadline has been extended until March 30, 2022, to ensure the completion of the pharmaceutical supply and the installation of the two elevators.

January 01 to March 31, 2022:

  • On January 26, 2022, the IFRC’s Logistics and Supply Chain Program approved the supply of medicines to Gaza.

  • As of February 23, 2022, 42% of drugs have been supplied.

  • As of March 14, 2022, the items supplied covered 65% of orders.

  • The full amount of medicine was delivered on March 23, 2022, and then dispersed via hospitals and clinics to different PRCS branches in the Gaza Strip.

Description of the disaster

Tensions in East Jerusalem escalated at the start of Ramadan on April 13 after Israeli authorities erected metal barriers outside Damascus Gate in the Old City, blocking access to a public space for Palestinians. Although the hurdles were lifted on April 25, tensions were further heightened by the decision to evict four Palestinian extended families from their homes in East Jerusalem’s Al-sheik Jarrah neighborhood. The threat of eviction sparked clashes between Palestinians and Israeli settlers with Israeli forces. Clashes that initially took place in Sheikh Jarrah and the Old City spread to other parts of the city and later to mixed communities across Israel. The clashes escalated and on May 11 a “Day of Rage” with protests across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as well as in some Palestinian communities in Israel took place. Protests and clashes then continued both in the West Bank and in Israel. On May 10, several rockets were fired from Gaza, some coming close to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and Israeli forces launched airstrikes that injured and injured scores of people in the densely populated Gaza Strip. Aerial bombardment and rocket fire continued for 11 days until a ceasefire came into effect.

Since the beginning of the escalation, the PRCS has continued to help and protect the population in the West Bank and Gaza, through the provision of health services and the supply of relief items. Aid has also been extended to cover all the needs of the population, in close coordination with other humanitarian partners. The PRCS remains deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation and supports the improvement of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). In addition to responding to immediate humanitarian needs, PRCS is also committed to the long-term development of Palestinian society. While the ceasefire was in effect, PRCS issued an Emergency Appeal (EA) to meet response and recovery requirements. Comprehensive service delivery in Gaza was as quick as possible to meet the immediate needs of affected families after the disaster. Initiatives to support long-term recovery efforts have also been proposed.

Within 24 hours of the launch of the PRCS preliminary appeal, the IFRC released DREF funding of 1 million Swiss francs to support the PRCS operation, aimed at restocking PRCS warehouses with medical supplies, non-food items (NFI) and to provide the necessary equipment. to continue the operation of the EMS in the Gaza Strip, to provide emergency services, including shelter, health care and protection needs to civilians affected by the latest escalation.

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