The High Cost of the 2014 Gaza Conflict

In this posting, I've been providing my readers with a daily update from the statistics provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

 
To give us a sense of how costly this conflict has been, here is a graph showing the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) that are currently in 90 United Nations shelters and how that number grew rapidly:
 
When the conflict initially broke out, UNRWA was not anticipating that they would have to shelter more than 50,000 people.    At last count (August 5, 2014), the United Nations was sheltering just under 270,000 IDPs.  One school alone had 4045 displaced persons in an area that should have held a maximum of 1100.  UNRWA estimates that there are a total of 475,000 displaced persons in the Gaza Strip.  With the massive destruction of the living spaces, particularly in the no-go zone, it will be a long time before the United Nations is able to send over a quarter of a million people back to their homes.
 
Here is a graph showing the number of wounded Palestinians:
 
This data is provided to the United Nations by the Palestinian Ministry of Health.  At last count, 9567 Palestinians had been wounded during the conflict.
 
Here is a graph showing the number of Palestinians killed during the conflict:
 
The last tally shows that 1814 Palestinians were killed.  This compares to 64 soldiers and three civilians killed on the Israeli side of the ledger.  Preliminary data suggest that 65 percent of the Palestinians that were killed were civilians and that more than 30 percent of those killed were women and children.
 
The cost of the conflict has been very high and with schools being used as shelters for IDPs, it is highly unlikely that the new school year will start as planned on August 24, 2014.  UNRWA estimates that it will need a total of $187.6 million to provide emergency aid to 250,000 for an eight week period.  They will also require $380 million to reconstruct shelters and Palestinian homes, a situation that is complicated by the closed border between Israel and Gaza which does not allow for the transit of construction materials.  
 
Now that parts of the Gaza have been brought back to the Stone Age, it will be interesting to see who steps up to provide aid and how long it takes for the aid to arrive.
 
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