West Bank, Gaza
People Helped in 2019: 144,878
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs
The conflict between Israel and Palestine continues to generate acute humanitarian needs among Palestinian populations in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. The humanitarian impact of the blockade on Gaza and the internal political divisions between the West Bank and Gaza administrations remains equally serious.
There has been an increase in the politicization of humanitarian aid, as the Israeli government prohibits the import of specific humanitarian items into Gaza, and Hamas imposes restrictions on humanitarian operations within the strip. In addition, aid is being confiscated in all parts of the territory. 2019 was also characterized by a significant escalation of tensions between Gaza and Israel, with peaks of increasing armed confrontations in early May and November.
Action Against Hunger has carried out humanitarian programs in the Palestinian Territories since 2002, addressing needs in the West Bank and Gaza for revitalized livelihoods, income opportunities, improved access to water and sanitation, and nutritional support. Our teams worked to improve access to clean water and strengthen household sanitation in our efforts to prevent the spread of waterborne illnesses.
We constructed and rehabilitated pipelines and water points, addressed water needs among pastoralists and their livestock, and carried out public campaigns to educate women and students on efficient water usage and effective hygiene practices. We also provide immediate cash assistance, helping populations avoid loss of livelihoods and falling into the lowest levels of vulnerability when suffering a shock.