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Ala' and Jamil Balatah, Jabaliya refugee camp, July 2015. Photo by OCHA

Gaza Survivors Struggle to Cope with Loss

Shortly after the start of the hostilities, Naim Nasmi Balatah, aged 45, relocated with his family to the house of his brother, Abdul-Kareem, which was made from concrete rather than asbestos and was considered safer. On 29 July, Abdul-Kareem’s house was struck by several Israeli air missiles, most likely precision guided munitions, which indicates that the home may have been directly targeted. Eleven family members were killed and another 41 civilians, including 17 children and five women, were wounded.


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Video: One Year Later

A video by UNRWA marking one year since the 2014 hostilities. “In an increasingly unstable Middle-East, neglecting the needs and rights of the people of Gaza is a risk the world should not be taking,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl.





Abu Mohammad and his family next to their current residence in Beit Hanoun. Photo by OCHA

Responding to the needs of Persons with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities (PwDs) – estimated to represent 2.4 per cent of the population – are one of the most vulnerable groups in times of crisis in terms of accessing emergency services. Following the 2014 summer hostilities,…