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UN top humanitarian official in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt), Andrea De Domenico, said, “At the moment, we estimated that nine out of every ten people in Gaza Strip had been internally displaced at least once, if not up to 10 times, unfortunately, since October.” UNIFEED / FILE
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STORY: UN / GAZA HUMANITARIAN SITUATION
TRT: 7:38
SOURCE: UNIFEED / FILE
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 03 JULY 2024, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

03 JULY 2024, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrea De Domenico, Head of Office for United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt):
“At the moment, we estimated that nine out of every ten people in Gaza Strip had been internally displaced at least once, if not up to 10 times, unfortunately, since October.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrea De Domenico, Head of Office for United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt):

“For our programming purposes as humanitarian community, we estimated that the population present in Gaza comprises about 2.1 million people. And we have said since the beginning of the war that basically all of them, unfortunately, are in need of assistance. Out of the current Gaza population, we also estimate that 1.9 million are internally displaced multiple times. So for example, the patterns of movement that we have registered in the last few days, they are not necessarily adding to this number because some of them, many of those were already displaced. And then they moved in different areas and now they're moving again, trying to find a safe space, if there is any of such.”
6. Various shots, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrea De Domenico, Head of Office for United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt):
“But beyond these numbers, there are people, men, women, boys and girls, doctors, students, cooks, artists, journalists, teachers, moms, dads, and people that have fears and grievances. And they had probably dreams and hopes, the less and less I fear today unfortunately.”
8. Wide shot, press briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrea De Domenico, Head of Office for United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt):
“What we're seeing, unfortunately is a pattern is that the more and more resemble and go back to the originally identified area where the government of Israel, the IDF, told us that they want to concentrate all the people and that's what the patterns that we consistently see unfolding in front of our eyes. With some people remaining in the north, out of this 2.1 million people, we estimated three under 300,000 or 350,000 are in the north and those cannot come to the south. The strip is completely broken in two as of today and there are military presence that is blocking movements and impeding movements for the civilians, and frequently unfortunately, also obstructing our ability to move.”
10. Various shots, press briefing room
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrea De Domenico, Head of Office for United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt):
“But delivering for us is a daily struggle. Literally we have to make gigantic efforts to sustain some lifeline of our services. You know the delivery of fuel. One think fuel is why would that be so important? But fuel allows hospitals to continue providing services, lifesaving, life sustaining services in hospitals. Fuel allows water to be decellularized and provide basically drinking water to people. Fuel allows us to move food around and bring to this multiple number of NGOs that are you know, looking into us and offering food and meals to people that is desperately in need.”
12. Close up, reporters
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrea De Domenico, Head of Office for United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt):
“Nowhere and no one is safe in Gaza. And we keep on saying this. We've seen over and over military operations and bombardment happening also in the heart of the humanitarian safe zone declared by Israel. 274 aid workers and volunteers, our colleagues, my colleagues have been killed so far. Many of them were killed on duty, others were killed at home with their families when their family members.”
14. Wide shot, press briefing room
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrea De Domenico, Head of Office for United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt):
“The security of humanitarian workers is deteriorated too, and unfortunately accompanied by those campaigns that call aid organization depressed in for inability to deliver. We have a dialogue with Israeli daily, literally multiple times, actually. And we explain our challenges, we try to find solutions, we work out understanding that of course war is war and you might have its logic and objectives. But humanitarian assistance is an obligation that all the parties have to respect, Israeli and other armed groups and we keep on calling them all to help us to deliver the assistance that is so dearly needed to desperately to Palestinians.”
16. Wide shot, press briefing room
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrea De Domenico, Head of Office for United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt):
“We have made an appeal for 3.4 billion for the response in Gaza. As of now, we have only 35 percent covered and you might tell me but you're describing so many challenges to deliver, so why would you appeal for more money? The reality is that if we will be able to reach the situation where a ceasefire will be called or even a pause. We will not be able to scale up our operation to the level necessary unless those resources are mobilized. So it is absolutely important to invest and mobilize the resources now to make sure that when this will happen, we'll be able to scale up and in the meantime, we will spare no effort, day in day out, to increase our ability to stay and remain in protecting civilians.”
18. Wide shot, press briefing room
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrea De Domenico, Head of Office for United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt):
“The situation in West Bank in general is complicated. As you know, the economy of West Bank is very much integrated with Israeli and since the seventh of October, a lot of that is not happening anymore. So not only the resolution of the revenue, but it's also with all issue of the economic exchanges that were happening between Israel and West Bank. And there are thousands of jobs lost, thousands of business opportunity lost and this situation is really concerning us because it could bring a deterioration of the situation to the point where you could have serious further deterioration in the West Bank.”
20. Wide shot, press briefing room

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29 JUNE 2024, RIMAL NEIGHBOURHOOD, GAZA CITY

21. Wide shot, children collecting water outside of the Rimal school
22. Pan right, Rimal school, showing a building burned and damaged
23. Travelling shot, heavy destruction on the roads to Gaza city

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UN top humanitarian official in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt), Andrea De Domenico, said, “At the moment, we estimated that nine out of every ten people in Gaza Strip had been internally displaced at least once, if not up to 10 times, unfortunately, since October.”

Head of Office for United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt) today (03 Jul) briefed reporters from East Jerusalem on the humanitarian situation in the Strip, via a video link.

He said, “For our programming purposes as humanitarian community, we estimated that the population present in Gaza comprises about 2.1 million people. And we have said since the beginning of the war that basically all of them, unfortunately, are in need of assistance.”

De Domenico continued, “Out of the current Gaza population, we also estimate that 1.9 million are internally displaced multiple times. So for example, the patterns of movement that we have registered in the last few days, they are not necessarily adding to this number because some of them, many of those were already displaced. And then they moved in different areas and now they're moving again, trying to find a safe space, if there is any of such.”

“But beyond these numbers, there are people, men, women, boys and girls, doctors, students, cooks, artists, journalists, teachers, moms, dads, and people that have fears and grievances. And they had probably dreams and hopes, the less and less I fear today unfortunately,” the UN humanitarian added.

He stressed, “What we're seeing, unfortunately is a pattern is that the more and more resemble and go back to the originally identified area where the government of Israel, the IDF, told us that they want to concentrate all the people and that's what the patterns that we consistently see unfolding in front of our eyes.”

De Domenico further explained, “With some people remaining in the north, out of this 2.1 million people, we estimated three under 300,000 or 350,000 are in the north and those cannot come to the south.”

“The strip is completely broken in two as of today and there are military presence that is blocking movements and impeding movements for the civilians, and frequently unfortunately, also obstructing our ability to move,” he added.

“Delivering for us is a daily struggle. Literally we have to make gigantic efforts to sustain some lifeline of our services,” the UN humanitarian stressed.

He explained the importance of delivering fuel, which “allows hospitals to continue providing services, lifesaving, life sustaining services in hospitals. Fuel allows water to be decellularized and provide basically drinking water to people. Fuel allows us to move food around and bring to this multiple number of NGOs that are offering food and meals to people that is desperately in need.”

De Domenico highlighted, “Nowhere and no one is safe in Gaza.”

“We've seen over and over military operations and bombardment happening also in the heart of the humanitarian safe zone declared by Israel. 274 aid workers and volunteers, our colleagues, my colleagues have been killed so far. Many of them were killed on duty, others were killed at home with their families when their family members,” he added.

The UN humanitarian also said, “The security of humanitarian workers is deteriorated too, and unfortunately accompanied by those campaigns that call aid organization depressed in for inability to deliver.”

He explained, “We have a dialogue with Israeli daily, literally multiple times, actually. And we explain our challenges, we try to find solutions, we work out understanding that of course war is war and you might have its logic and objectives. But humanitarian assistance is an obligation that all the parties have to respect, Israeli and other armed groups and we keep on calling them all to help us to deliver the assistance that is so dearly needed to desperately to Palestinians.”

On funding, De Domenico said that only 35 percent of the appealed 3.4 billion for the response in Gaza were covered.

He explained, “The reality is that if we will be able to reach the situation where a ceasefire will be called or even a pause. We will not be able to scale up our operation to the level necessary unless those resources are mobilized. So it is absolutely important to invest and mobilize the resources now to make sure that when this will happen, we'll be able to scale up and in the meantime, we will spare no effort, day in day out, to increase our ability to stay and remain in protecting civilians.”

Asked about West Bank, De Domenico said that situation there in general is “complicated,” adding that “the economy of West Bank is very much integrated with Israeli and since the seventh of October, a lot of that is not happening anymore. So not only the resolution of the revenue, but it's also with all issue of the economic exchanges that were happening between Israel and West Bank. And there are thousands of jobs lost, thousands of business opportunity lost and this situation is really concerning us because it could bring a deterioration of the situation to the point where you could have serious further deterioration in the West Bank.”

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