Winter 2013 in Gaza

Flood preparedness in Gaza undermined by import restrictions

As the rainy season begins, thousands of families in Gaza will once again be at risk of temporary displacement and destruction of their assets due to potential floods. The winter weather conditions are expected to exacerbate the already fragile living conditions and livelihoods of the population, particularly IDPs.

Farmers start to replant their land in Beit Hanoun. Photo by the International Committee of the Red Cross

Restoring access to land in Gaza’s restricted area along the perimeter fence

The ICRC is one of the few organizations that can access the restricted areas in border areas along Gaza’s perimeter fence with Israel, and the organization is facilitating the relevelling and ploughing of farm lands in these areas. By the end of 2015, for the first time in over a decade, approximately 500 farmers will be able to access farm land situated between 100 and 300 meters from the fence, in areas that farmers have not been able to cultivate for the past seven to 15 years.

Reconstruction of over one quarter of totally-destroyed homes ongoing or about to start

As of early October, reconstruction of 1,134 homes totally destroyed during the 2014 hostilities, constituting less than ten per cent of the total caseload for this category (12,584) was reportedly underway. The reconstruction of the first totally destroyed home funded by UNRWA was completed in October. Funding for an additional 2,250 units, or a further 16 per cent of the caseload is reportedly confirmed, although the timing for the actual financial transfers and the start of work on the ground remains unclear.

Psychological support session for affected women, Gaza Strip. Photo by AISHA

War trauma of Gaza women addressed in humanitarian assistance

The Aisha Association is a Gaza women’s organization established in 2009 to empower marginalized women through providing economic empowerment and psychosocial support. The Aisha Association identified the need for psychosocial support (PSS) and mental health…