War on Gaza 2023: an unprecedented and devastating impact

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/CL6.GCP/2023/Policy brief.1

Country: State of Palestine

Publication Type: Policy briefs

Cluster: Governance and Conflict Prevention

Focus Area: Population dynamics & migration, Resilient development & conflict prevention

Initiatives: Addressing multidimensional poverty, Support to the Palestinian people

SDGs: Goal 1: No Poverty, Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being, Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Keywords: Poverty, Education, Unemployment, Housing, Blockade, Development assistance, Health services, Water supply, Fuels, War, Population, International humanitarian law, Territories occupied by israel, War victims, Destruction of property, Humanitarian assistance, Violent deaths, Military occupation, Civilian persons, Human rights violations, Basic needs, Food, Freedom of movement, Palestinians

War on Gaza 2023: an unprecedented and devastating impact

October 2023

The current war on Gaza and its full siege by Israel have plunged the Gazan population into unprecedented deprivation and multidimensional poverty, leading to a full-fledged humanitarian catastrophe.

Even if a ceasefire is agreed and humanitarian aid is allowed to enter Gaza, poverty and deprivation will affect a significant share of the population for years to come, primarily owing to the scale of loss of human life and limb, loss of human capital and capabilities, and destruction of socioeconomic infrastructure. 

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