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Today the number of Palestinian total approximately 4.7 million persons, of which 3.4 million are registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The largest concentration of Palestine refugees is in Jordan, representing more than 40% of those refugees registered with UNRWA, and the refugees in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, represent 38% of UNRWA’s registration, Lebanon and Syria each host about 10% of the registered refugees and the remainder live in neighboring countries, including Egypt, while others have migrated to Europe, the United States, Canada and South America.

Since the creation of the State of Israel in Palestine, the Middle East has been hot point of conflicts interrupted by full-scale wars that threaten the peace of the world. For this reason alone, not to mention principles of right and justice, it is an obligation upon every state and individual to exert the limit of their influence to secure a lasting and just settlement of this conflict.

$462 Million appeal for humanitarian assistance for Palestinians. 
(United Nations Press Release 26/11/08)

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Jerusalem-United Nations humanitarian agencies along with international and national nongovernmental organisations operating in the oPt (West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip), appealed today for USD$ 462 million to fund humanitarian assistance programmes. These programmes respond to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the oPt, mostly in parts of
the West Bank where the Barrier, Israeli settlements and access restrictions imposed by the Israeli authorities affect the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of persons, and in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli blockade has given rise to a rapid and significant increase in poverty and unemployment in the last year.

“This is an assault on human dignity with severe humanitarian implications”, stated the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the oPt, Maxwell Gaylard. “Many people, especially in the Gaza Strip, are paying a heavy price, struggling daily to have enough food and water to feed and wash their children,” he added.

The high levels of poverty and unemployment have lead to an exhaustion of coping mechanisms and to an increasing dependency on humanitarian assistance. This situation is compounded by the rise in global food prices, severe weather/drought conditions, the deepening of the internal Palestinian political division, and by the ‘de-development’ process
occurring in the Gaza Strip.

This is the sixth time in a row that the Consolidated Appeal has been launched in the oPt- last year’s appeal was 69% funded. “The Appeal is directed to help the most vulnerable Palestinians, especially children, single-headed households and the poorest who do not have any other resources to rely on,” said Gaylard, the most senior humanitarian official in the oPt.
“Humanitarian assistance can cushion the deteriorating humanitarian situation but it can not stop its decline,” he concluded.
The 2009 Consolidated Appeal includes 159 response projects which cover a range of sectors including protection, food and food security, cash for work and cash assistance, health, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, agriculture, and coordination and support services.

For up-to-date information about the situation in Gaza and the West Bank refer to the following websites:-

United Nations  Ma'an News Agency  

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