] NEW YORK – The United Nations and the Palestinian Authority on Monday appeal for $ 350 million to help 1.4 million Palestinians in the Ghaza Strip and the occupied West Bank .
The amount has been requested for 2019 under the Humanitarian Response Plan for the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The funding is intended to provide basic food, health care, shelter, water and sanitation for those in need.
"The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory continues to deteriorate, preventing Palestinians from gaining access to health care, clean water and livelihoods," said Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator for the Palestinian Territory. occupied Palestinian territory.
"Our plan for 2019 focuses on helping those most in need of protection, food, health care, shelter, water and sanitation," said McGoldrick , explaining that this targeting would maximize the already limited funding.
According to the UN official, the UN is ready to increase its engagement in the occupied territories in the event of improved funding.
Jamie McGoldrick spoke of the unprecedented challenges facing humanitarian actors, noting that the new Humanitarian Response Plan presents what the UN and its partners can achieve "realistically" in a highly constrained context.
About 77 percent of the funds requested go to Ghaza, where the already dire humanitarian situation has worsened since March 30, 2018, he said. More than 150 Palestinians were killed, not counting the 10,000 more wounded during demonstrations of the Great March of Return against the Israeli occupation forces. The humanitarian situation has worsened due to the prolonged blockade imposed by Israel.
In the occupied West Bank, support is mainly directed to vulnerable families living in Zone C of El-Quds-East and the H2 district of Al Khalil.
These two areas where restrictions on access and planning, as well as growing settler violence in a context of settlement expansion, are the source of significant humanitarian needs and may result in forced transfer Palestinians.