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What are the needs?

The occupation in the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza has provoked a long-lasting protection crisis with humanitarian consequences notably in terms of access to health, water, education and livelihood opportunities, which in turn is increasing economic and social despair among Palestinians.

The Gaza blockade continues for the seventh year to impact the lives and livelihoods of all Gazans, driving many of them deeper into poverty and unemployment. Around 80% of the 1.6 million populations rely on external assistance.

The West Bank is home to 2.65 million Palestinians. Many are facing an ever growing pressure in terms of movement and access restrictions, demolition of houses and livelihood assets, forced transfer as well as settlers' violence.

How are we helping?

The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has been providing humanitarian aid to help meet the basic needs of Palestinians in Palestine since 2000. More than 2 million people have benefitted from the assistance.

Almost a quarter of the humanitarian budget is allocated to core actions such as humanitarian coordination (all over Palestine), legal assistance to families living in Area C and East Jerusalem, and emergency response to demolitions and evictions. Funding also goes towards food assistance, primarily in Gaza (food distribution and food vouchers) and to a lesser extent in the Area C of the West Bank (cash-for-work). Funding is also geared towards access to water and sanitation, psycho-social and health care amongst populations most affected by the occupation.


* The designation of Palestine shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.

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