Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator Lynn Hastings
The United Nations estimates that some 10,000 Palestinians have had to leave their homes in Gaza due to the ongoing hostilities. They are sheltering in schools, mosques and other places during a global COVID-19 pandemic with limited access to water, food, hygiene, and health services. Hospitals and access to water and sanitation services depend on electricity, the fuel for which will run out on Sunday.
- For a statement by Humanitarian Coordinator Lynn Hastings of 11 May 2021 on the escalation, see ochaopt.org/2021/hc-escalation.
- For updates on the humanitarian impact of the current escalation and the role of the humanitarian community, see OCHA’s flash updates at ochaopt.org/publications/flash-updates.