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Gaza 2014

Description of the crisis

The Gaza strip is a Palestinian controlled territory on the Mediteranean coast between Egypt and Israel with a population of about 1.7 million. It is situated in an area of conflict with about 1 million people within the territory being classed as refugees.  A conflict in 2014 led to a severe humanitarian crisis with over 200,000 people urgently needing food aid; 1.5 million people having no or very limited access to water or sanitation; and over 65,000 people were left homeless after their homes were severely damaged or destroyed.

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Response

On 30 July 2014, the Minister for External Affairs & International Development announced a total of £500,000 humanitarian funding in response to the crisis which was given to the UN Relief & Works Agency.  The Agency has played an essential role for over 60 years since its establishment in providing vital services for the well-being, human development and protection of Palestine refugees and the amelioration of their plight, pending the just resolution of the question of the Palestine refugees.  The UNRWA have used the funding to provide essential support to the people of Gaza whose lives have been impacted by the crisis.

Map of Gaza