humanitarian impact of the internal Palestinian
divide on the Gaza Strip
- OCHA - 23. 6.
•In June 2007, following hostilities between
Fatah and Hamas, the latter took control of the
Gaza Strip, starting a divide between the West
Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA) and the
de-facto Hamas authorities in Gaza, which still
•Since 2014, all of the 22,000 civil servants
recruited by the Hamas authorities have received
less than half of their salaries, on an
irregular basis. The other 62,000 staff in Gaza,
who are on the PA’s payroll, had their salaries
cut by 30-50% since March 2017.
•Due to internal disputes regarding the funding
and taxation of fuel for the Gaza Power Plant (GPP),
in April 2017 the plant shut down, but resumed
partial operations in late June, on the basis of
fuel purchased from Egypt.
•In May 2017, the PA decided to cut its payments
for the electricity that Israel provides to
Gaza; in June, Israel reduced its supply by 40%.
•As of 22 June, households and service providers
in Gaza receive 4-6 hours of electricity a day.
•186 critical facilities providing health, water
and sanitation, and solid waste collection
services are being supported by emergency fuel
delivered by the UN; reserves are expected to
last until October 2017.
•Due to delays in shipments from the West Bank
and longstanding funding gaps, 34% of essential
drugs at the Central Drug Store in Gaza are out
•The referral of over 1,400 patients to medical
treatment outside Gaza has been disrupted since
March 2017, following the PA’s apparent
suspension of its payments for this service.
•Most families in Gaza only receive piped water
for 6-8 hours, once every four days, due to
insufficient power supply; desalination plants
are functioning at 15% of their capacity.
•Over 108 million litres of almost totally
untreated sewage are being discharged into the
Mediterranean every day due to electricity and
fuel shortages. l The Palestinian Civil Defense
in Gaza, in charge of rescue operations during
emergencies, can operate at less than 45% of its
normal capacity, due to critical shortages in
staff and equipment, partially due to PA budget
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