Key developments in the last three days
Water and sanitation
Crossing points and humanitarian access
Protection of civilians
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the humanitarian branch of the United Nations Secretariat. This office is mandated by the member states to coordinate humanitarian response, develop humanitarian policy and conduct humanitarian advocacy.
1. This is the fourth Situation Report issued by OCHA in June/July 2006 relating to an escalation in the number of Palestinian and Israeli casualties in and around the Gaza Strip in June and the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip following the attack by Palestinian militants on an Israeli military post at Kerem Shalom on 25 June. Two IDF soldiers and two Palestinian militants were killed, four IDF soldiers were injured and one IDF soldier was taken captive by the militants into the Gaza Strip in the attack and on 28 June the IDF launched Operation ‘Summer Rains’. The previous reports were published on 21, 27 and 30 June and are available on www.ochaopt.org.
2. Daily Gaza consumption requirements as calculated by the Palestinian General Petroleum Corporation.
3. Since 25 June UN agencies have been meeting on a regular basis to identify sectoral needs in relation to the current situation and coordinating the response in the event of an intensification of the conflict.
4. The Palestinian DCL has not forwarded the number of artillery shells in recent days as they do not have power at their offices and have only been attending on a sporadic basis.