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Update: emergency situation in the Gaza Strip, November-December 2012

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Norway_and_WHO_sign_agreement_for_Gaza_donation_December_5_2012Marte Teie Hellum, Programme Advisor, the Representative Office of Norway and Tony Laurance, Head of Office, WHO oPt6 December 2012, Jerusalem – Two donors have responded so far to the World Health Organization's urgent appeal for US$ 10 million to provide essential medicines and medical disposables for Gaza Strip. The financial support from Norway and Mercy Relief in Singapore, channelled through the World Health Organization, total US$ 620 000. The donations will contribute towards alleviating the severe shortages of life-saving medicines and medical disposables in Gaza Strip made critical by the recent 8-day escalation of violence resulting in more than 1500 casualties.

The most recent donation, from Norway, was made on 5 December 2012 by the Minister Counsellor from the Representative Office of Norway, who signed an agreement for a donation of US$ 600 000 to WHO oPt. 

The donation will be utilized to procure 13 medicines and 31 medical disposable items currently at zero stock. The charity foundation Mercy Relief, based in Singapore, donated US$ 20 000 for ur4 gently needed laboratory supplies and essential medicines. The first items were procured and delivered to Gaza Strip in December for use in public health facilities.

WHO is working with the Ministry of Health and other health partners to ensure that the supplies are delivered to the health facilities where they are most needed.

WHO_receives_donation_from_Mercy_ReliefMercy Relief donation to WHO

In addition to medicines and medical disposable supplies sent by the Ministry of Health in Ramallah during the hostilities, donations were also sent to the Ministry of Health and other health facilities in Gaza Strip by a number of different organizations.

The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip requires US$ 2.5–3 million monthly for essential medicines and medical disposables for primary and secondary care facilities. On 17 November, shortly after the start of the recent escalation, WHO appealed for US$ 10 million to cover the gap in supplies as well as needs for the next three months. On 29 November, 35% of medicines on the essential medicines list and more than one half of medical disposables were at zero stock despite all the donations which had been received by then.

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28 November 2012 -  9-year-old-injured_boy_in_Gaza9-year-old boy injured in the Gaza Strip. Photo credit: Eyad al Baba, WHOFollowing eight days of violence in the Gaza Strip, a cease-fire was declared effective 21:00, 21 November 2012. The latest cumulative casuality figures reported by the Ministry of Health in Gaza Strip are (as of 26 November, 14:00): 

175 persons killed (151 males; 24 females; 4 not yet identified) of whom 42 (25%) are children; 16 children are less than 5 years old.

1399 persons injured, of whom 431 (31%) are children; 141 are children less than 5 years old. Shifa hospital in Gaza City has received 80% of the injured cases.

WHO oPt Situation Report No 3: Gaza Strip, 27 November 2012



Shifa_hospital_patient_20_November_2012Shifa hospital patient, Gaza City 20 November 2012. Photo: Mustafa Haabi OCHA
22 November 2012 - Following eight days of violence in Gaza, a cease-fire was declared effective 21:00, 21 November 2012, between Israeli and the Hamas authorities in Gaza. The cumulative casuality figures reported by the Ministry of Health in Gaza are (as of 22 November, 13:00): 

165 persons killed (139 males; 22 females; 4 not yet identified) of whom 42 (26%) are children; 17 children are less than 5 years old.

1269 persons injured (911 males; 358 females) of whom 431 (34%) are children; 134 children less than 5 years old. Shifa hospital in Gaza city has received 80% of the injured cases.

WHO oPt Situatio November 2012

WHO oPt Daily UpdateNo.1 21 November 2012.pdf

WHO oPt situation report: Gaza Strip, 20 November, 2012 [pdf 387.82kb]

Press release November 17, 2012


21 November 2012 -  Jordanian_Field_Hospital_in_Gaza_Nov_19_2012Jordanian field hospital. Photo: Mahmoud Halabi - WHOThe latest casualty figures according to the Ministry of Health of the Gaza Strip (as of 20 November, 11:00 pm): 

132 persons killed (97 males; 19 females; 16 not identified) of whom 30 (23%) are children; 17 children are less than 5 years old.

1090 persons injured (695 males; 307 females; 88 not identified) of whom 381 (35%) are children; 119 children less than 5 years old. 

WHO oPt Daily UpdateNo.1 21 November 2012.pdf

WHO oPt situation report: Gaza Strip, 20 November, 2012 [pdf 387.82kb]

Press release November 17, 2012

Beit Hanoun hospital, a 36-bed Ministry of Health facility in the north of the Gaza Strip, suffered a direct hit in the late afternoon today (November 21) which penetrated the roof and damaged an internal stairwell; some injuries were reported but no details were available.

A 40-bed Jordanian field hospital, which has operated in Gaza City since 2009, was hit by a missile November 19 which penetrated two floors of the hospital, damaging the in-patient department nursing station in the centre of the hospital. Patients had been evacuated only 10 minutes earlier following attacks in the surrounding area. The hospital was partially functioning today with the reopening of a second ward department.

Hospitals operated by the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip are functioning but are reporting difficulties due to severely depleted medical supplies. 46 patients were transferred via Erez checkpoint since November 17 (including two sets of twins) and 34 patients via Rafah to Egypt.

44 of 54 Ministry of Health primary health care clinics are functioning, although residents are venturing onto the streets only for most urgent needs; ten clinics located in dangerous areas, including four clinics that suffered collateral damage, were closed. 19 of 21 UNRWA primary health care clinics are functioning.

WHO has appealed to the international community for support in providing essential medical supplies by coordinating donations according to the specific needs of the Ministry of Health (see press release below).


20 November 2012, 12:00 noon: Latest casualty figures (Ministry of Health, Gaza Strip): 113 killed and 900 injured.

20 November 2012, 2:00 a.m. – WHO oPt Situation Report: Gaza Strip, 20 November 2012 [pdf 387.82kb]

based on the casualty figures according to the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip. 

100 persons killed; 25% are children. (aged 0-17: 25; aged 18-59: 11 female, 50 male; aged 60+: 11)

866 persons injured; 32% are children. (aged 0-17: 277; aged 18-59: 162 female, 465 men; aged 60+: 62) 11% of injured children are less than 5 years old. Injuries include severe burns, injuries from collapsing buildings and head injuries, with some of the injured in critical condition.

See also 

Al Jazeera: WHO calls for effective response to Gaza crisis

IRIN News: OPT: Gaza Hospitals need more drugs  


19 November 2012, Gaza Strip – the latest casualty figures according to the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip are (as of November 19; 12:00 pm):

91 persons killed (74 men; 17 females) of whom 24 (26%) are children.

740 persons injured (507 men; 233 female) of whom 252 (34%) are children; 80 children are less than 5 years old. Injuries include severe burns, injuries from collapsing buildings and head injuries, with some of the injured in critical condition.

Hospitals operated by the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip are functioning but must cope with the large number of traumatic injuries with severely depleted medical supplies. WHO is working with the Ministry of Health, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to ensure that essential medicines and medical consumables are delivered to health facilities where they are most needed. WHO has appealed to the international community for support in providing essential medical supplies by coordinating donations according to the specific needs of the Ministry of Health (see press release below).

As of Saturday November 19, one hospital, two ambulance centres and one ambulance evacuating wounded were reported damaged by nearby airstrikes. Four health staff were injured.

Related links

Press release November 17, 2012 

WHO's Tony Laurance told the BBC hospitals in Gaza were BBC News: Gaza medical supplies 'running low' - World Health Organization