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“There is no place safe in Gaza. Every place is targeted.”
Dr Lubna Sabah, Director of Health, Near East Council of Churches
The population in Gaza is experiencing a humanitarian disaster. They are facing devastating loss and overwhelming need.
Our emergency appeal is for the vital work of our partners and contacts in Gaza and the West Bank.
In Gaza, nowhere is safe.
Over 1% of the population, that’s 23,000 people, have been killed; 70% of these are women and children. Over 50,000 people have been injured and a further 7,000 are missing presumed dead.
The situation continues to worsen day by day as increasing numbers of people are being displaced from their homes and have no access to food or water. 1.9 million people have been displaced — some multiple times. Aid workers are reporting increasing levels of starvation and malnutrition, as well as the threat of diseases running through densely overcrowded shelters that lack any basic infrastructure.
On the West Bank, over 330 Palestinians have been killed since 7th October, including 84 children; over 4,000 people have been injured and over 5,800 have been arrested, many for their social media use.
On the 17th of October, we heard the appalling news of the strike on our partner, Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City that left hundreds dead. It re-opened the next day to treat patients.
The hospital has continued to operate despite suffering substantial damage in another attack by Israeli forces, and hospital staff being detained just before Christmas. They now face massive ongoing shortages of medical supplies and are not being allowed to receive anaesthetics and antibiotics.
Your support has allowed us to:
However, so much more needs to be done
There are huge restrictions on getting essential supplies into Gaza leaving aid agencies dealing with chaotic procedures and massive difficulties in distribution and storage when supplies do arrive. We are using the support we receive to complement these efforts and to reach those who desperately need it.
As you support our appeal, please also join us in calling for:
We work alongside grass-roots partners in Palestine, South Africa, Nicaragua, Burundi, India and Tanzania.
Reaching children on the streets, addressing their trauma, working with them and their families to reintegrate them into their homes, to realise their rights and recover their future.
Working with local and international peace activists, and partnering with grass-roots projects, to call for a just peace, reconciliation and full equal rights for all Palestinians and Israelis.
Addressing the impact of climate change and the causes of extreme poverty, building sustainable rural communities and empowering them to realise their rights.
Bringing people together to meet our partners from around the world, visiting the communities they work in and seeing their projects in action — building solidarity and lasting friendships.