Call to support the health of infants in Gaza, Palestine
After the 2014 war in Gaza, the number of newborns with serious health conditions has increased dramatically.
In mid-2016, 14% of infants had a 40% chance of dying within a month after birth.
A sharp increase in births before term or too small babies, and of babies with birth defects cause this strong increase in neonatal mortality, estimated at about 2000-2500 babies per year more than in the past.
The deterioration of the neonatal health can be stopped or at least reduced.
Long term effects of weapon use and of war remnants in Gaza
The modern wars do not stop at the closing of the hostilities but leave some environmentally stable contaminants, that accumulate in living and affect the health of the civilian population, always targeted, for years afterwards. How many years, we do not yet know.
For children living in the Gaza Strip, 2014 was a year that brought violence, fear, and loss. The Israeli military offensive that lasted 50 days between July 8 and August 26, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, killed 547 Palestinian children, 535 of them as a direct result of Israeli attacks.1 Another 3,374 children suffered injuries in attacks, including over 1,000 children whose wounds rendered them permanently disabled.
The President of the Security Council presents her compliments to the
members of the Council and has the honour to transmit herewith, for
their information, a copy of a letter dated 27 April 2015 from the
Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council,
and its enclosure.
This letter and its enclosure will be issued as a document of the Security Council under the symbol S/2015/286.
In 2014, after unprecedented destruction and suffering in Gaza, international donors pledged $3.5bn and a change in approach. Six months later, reconstruction and recovery have barely begun, there has been no accountability for violations of international law, and Gaza remains cut off from the West Bank. This paper outlines an achievable course of action to address the root causes of the recurrent conflict and put international engagement with Gaza on the right course.
Black Flag: The legal and moral implications of the policy of attacking residential buildings in the Gaza Strip, summer 2014
Early on the afternoon of 8 July 2014, the first day of the fighting in the Gaza Strip last summer, a person speaking on behalf of the Israeli military phoned one of the apartments in the home of the Kaware’ family, in Khan Yunis. He told residents that the military was planning to destroy the building and that they must immediately evacuate it. More than an hour later, a warning missile was launched at the roof. The families left the building, but dozens of local residents continued to gather in
The language of conflict has changed enormously. Today, engagements are often fought and justified through a public mandate to protect civilians. And yet the weapons used, and the way they are used, far too often pose a great danger to those civilians.
The use of explosive weapons in populated areas puts civilians at grave risk of death and injury, as AOAV has documented over several years
Background: The UN has estimated that Israel’s attack on Gaza between 8 July and 26 August 2014 resulted in the deaths of 2204 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and thousands left with permanent disabilities.
was a call for help in a house which had been randomly shelled at
Mujama’a St, East Gaza City. It was nearly 01:00 on the last day of
Ramadan. The house was in complete chaos when the team arrived. There
was dense smoke everywhere and a very bad smell which hardly allowed
them to breathe. I got the stretcher and the flashlight and entered the
building, where I immediately saw a badly injured woman under the
staircase. I took her to the ambulance and went back to the house. We
managed to fit 3-6 people into the second ambulance…. What shocked me