Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt)

Updated 21/05/2021

2021 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) Report

The SHCC identified 61 incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) in 2020, compared to 226 incidents in 2019. Health workers were injured or arrested and health facilities damaged in these incidents.

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In 2020 the number of incidents documented in the oPt was lower than in 2019, in part due to the COVID-19-related lockdown measures.

Most incidents in 2019 took place during the “Great March of Return” weekly protests, which were suspended in late 2019 and subsequently ceased entirely after the coronavirus outbreak. Small-scale protests about land confiscations and house demolitions in the West Bank continued in 2020 and sometimes led to injuries among health workers.

Throughout the West Bank and the Gaza strip health workers were injured inside health buildings and during road travel, and detained whilst providing medical care by Israeli forces. Israeli forces also forcibly entered health facilities injuring patients, patients’ visitor and health workers. Data

Our Global Interactive Map on Threats and Violence against Health Care provides access to continuously updated information on violence against health care in conflict and related to COVID-19.