Facts and Figures: January – June 2022 – Occupied Palestinian Territory – ReliefWeb | CialisWay

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For the past 55 years, the ICRC has worked to alleviate the suffering of people affected by conflicts in Israel and the Occupied Territories (ILOT).

Here is an overview of what we did in the first half of 2022:

√ Ensuring dignity in detention

  • As part of our efforts to ensure humane treatment and detention conditions for detainees, we have conducted 285 visits to Palestinian detainees in Israeli and Palestinian detention centers. We have also helped improve prison conditions for around 1,960 detainees in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

√ Maintaining family connections

  • We transported and facilitated permits for nearly 24,000 family members to visit their relatives in Israeli detention centers. Over 3,500 prisoners were able to see their relatives through regular visits.

  • We also facilitated the exchange of 21 Red Cross messages and over 500 Salamat (ie verbal greetings) between detainees and their families and between separated families across borders.

√ Improving access to water and electricity

We improved access to basic services (water, electricity and sanitation) for nearly 560,000 residents in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and helped improve infrastructure.

150,000 Gaza residents benefited from infrastructure projects under the Gaza Resilience Program to:

  • Improving the reliability and availability of electricity supply by installing new devices to control electricity demand and installing solar panels.
  • Improving the ability of water and sewage systems to continue functioning during armed hostilities and other shocks.

√ Supporting vulnerable communities

  • We provided cash grants to 67 families whose homes were destroyed in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

  • We supported people with disabilities (PWDs) and those seriously injured by hostilities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by providing grants to 51 households to help them start small businesses.

  • We provided Cash for Work grants to 81 households in the Gaza Strip to support service providers in various activities.

  • We have provided cash grants to 18 sheep farmers and 47 households affected by settler violence and settlement expansion in the West Bank to help them renovate animal shelters and greenhouses and improve agriculture.

  • We have provided cash grants to 89 poultry farms to increase productivity and improve food supplies in Gaza through the Gaza Resilience Program.

  • We helped distribute 1,793 organic bio-traps to 270 farmers in the West Bank and 5,400 bio-traps to 70 farmers in the Gaza Strip to help them protect their trees from various pests.

  • We’ve helped over 1,400 people improve their livelihoods in the West Bank and Gaza Strip: Farmers have been given ecological bio-traps to protect their trees and reduce chemical pesticide use.

  • We have worked with the West Bank Ministry of Agriculture to help vaccinate over 47,000 sheep and goats against chlamydia to reduce fetal morale. and we provided agricultural inputs to 140 farmers in the Gaza Strip.

√ Caring for the sick and wounded

  • We provided medical supplies and helped organize capacity-building initiatives and in-service training for emergency medical teams in hospitals in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem – 230 medical workers benefited from over 10 essential emergency and trauma training courses.

  • We also supported the physical rehabilitation of nearly 3,500 people with disabilities and promoted their integration into society in partnership with the Artifical Limbs and Polio Center (ALPC) in the Gaza Strip.

√ Strengthening of mental health and psychological support

  • We continued our partnership with the Ministry of Health to support the mental and psychological well-being of Gaza residents by training 33 facilitators from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), the Palestinian Civil Defense and Military Medical Service, and the Palestine Amputee Football Association.

  • We provided financial support to train 20 social workers and psychologists at Barzilai Hospital in southern Israel to help them improve their mental health and psychosocial well-being in partnership with the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC).

√ Monitoring, promoting and ensuring respect for international humanitarian law

  • The ICRC maintains regular dialogue with authorities and other stakeholders on all sides to remind them of their obligations under International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL). It confidentially shares reports and observations on respect for international humanitarian law directly with all parties to the conflict.

  • During the first six months of 2022, we continued to promote international humanitarian law and other applicable norms to the Palestinian security forces, official authorities, university students and community members in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

√ Interaction with the community

  • We engaged around 60 Palestinian women from the West Bank in a training and exhibition focused on recycling and reusing household waste.

  • We have worked closely with ALPC and the Bozour Theater Association for Culture and Art to implement an art therapy project for people with disabilities in the Gaza Strip. Together we helped 18 people living with amputees put together a theatrical performance to support the mental and psychological well-being of people with disabilities and to promise their social inclusion through art.

√ Partnership with the National Societies

  • We have worked closely with our partners in the PRCS in the West Bank and Gaza, and Magen David Adom (MDA) in Israel.

  • As part of this effort, we co-organized a workshop with MDA to tackle the joint deployment of a Red Cross hospital in an Israeli health facility.

√ With the support of the ICRC:

  • 50 pallets of medical supplies, supplies and IT equipment were delivered to the PRCS in Gaza.

  • The PRCS emergency medical service responded to 33,137 deployments and 156 new staff and volunteers attended sessions to increase their knowledge of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and its fundamental principles, including the distinctive emblem.

  • The PRCS responded to cases of home demolitions in the West Bank by distributing non-food items to 20 affected families.

  • 35 MDA Emergency Medical Service staff and volunteers have been deployed to Moldova and Ukraine to support ICRC pre-hospital programmes.

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