Following the hostilities in Gaza in May 2021, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is launching a $164 million humanitarian and early recovery appeal, according to a UNRWA press statement.
This updated appeal includes UNRWA's immediate emergency response activities in Gaza and the West Bank between 10 and 31 May, as well as Palestine refugees' early recovery needs in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, through December 31, 2021.
It replaces the first US$38 million Flash Appeal, which was issued on May 19, 2021.
"Like the three previous rounds of violence, the impact of this conflict on Palestine refugees has been terrible," stated UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini. "The anguish experienced by Gaza's population, which includes 1.4 million Palestine refugees," he added, "will reverberate for a long time."
The air strikes have wreaked havoc on physical infrastructure in refugee camps, including dwellings, UNRWA installations, and water and sanitation systems. During the violence, UNRWA facilities that operated as designated emergency shelters were also damaged, with up to 71,000 people seeking shelter.