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UN Launches Plan to Support 1.6 Million Palestinians in Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem


Fri 17 Dec 2021 | 05:57 PM
Ahmed Moamar

The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories has launched a $510 million humanitarian response plan to assist 1.6 million Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem, during 2022.

"Dozens of humanitarian organizations are ready to implement the plan's 193 projects," said Lynn Hastings, Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Hastings stressed that the international organization would work to protect the rights of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, increase access to high-quality basic services, and support the capacities of vulnerable Palestinians, to overcome the effects of the protracted crisis.

"Sustainable financing is needed to prevent further deterioration in the Palestinian territories, but to see a reduction in needs, political solutions to this protracted crisis must be secured," she added.

For his part, James Heenan, Head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, said in a video message: "The mental health of the people of the Gaza Strip was one of the biggest victims of the escalation last May, loss of life and injury in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

He added that the year 2021, unfortunately, saw an increase in attacks on our civil society partners."

According to the needs analysis underlying the plan, two out of five Palestinians will need some form of humanitarian assistance in 2022. About 64 percent of Palestinians, or 1.3 million people, live in the Gaza Strip where the majority of aid projects will be implemented.

The plan covers Gaza, East Jerusalem, Area C, and Area H2 in Hebron, and will complement the efforts of the Palestinian authorities.