About the West Bank/Gaza Crisis
A protracted protection crisis continues in the occupied Palestine territory (oPt), driven by Israel’s occupation, including insufficient respect for international law and recurring hostilities between Israeli military forces and Palestinian armed groups. This escalation of violence puts a severe burden on children who are in many cases still traumatized from past clashes.
In Gaza, the humanitarian situation remains dire. There is increasing poverty, unemployment and food insecurity, while sporadic outbreaks of violence threaten to ignite a wider confrontation. In the West Bank, the rate of demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures and settler violence remain high
Many Palestinians face the risk of forcible transfer. Across the oPt, some 2.4 million Palestinians will need some form of humanitarian assistance in 2020, the majority in Gaza.
There is a constant risk of renewed escalations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza and increased attacks on both Palestinian individuals and Israeli security forces. Restricted access to Gaza and to Area C communities in the West Bank can make it difficult for both civilians and aid workers to move safely through the region.