Over 50 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli gunfire over the past few days, including an eight-month-old baby, and more than 2,700 people have been injured. The victims have been involved in largely peaceful protests near the Israeli border which have come under fire.
With intensifying conflict in the region, we’re on the ground ready to respond in the coming days and weeks to provide lifesaving medical care in an area where the health system is already short in resources.
Gaza’s health system is under severe pressure due to ongoing staff shortages and lack of medical supplies.
With around half the population across the Palestinian Territories in need of humanitarian aid and water, and electricity shortages across Gaza, we’re working to support communities in need across the region.
Islamic Relief has a longstanding presence in Gaza supporting vulnerable communities. We’re focusing on priority health needs, namely the provision of medical supplies and equipment including medicines, disposable items, medical kits and food for patients and medical staff.
Should the conflict escalate further and people become displaced, we will be supporting affected households and internally displaced people, by providing food, hygiene kits and other essential non-food items.
Across the region, we’ve been instrumental in the reconstruction of the Palestine Avenir Centre, working with children living with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, and are now working to support the local health care system.
We’re ready to respond by supporting hospitals in order to improve their preparedness to help save as many lives as possible should any further emergency erupt.
By supporting both medical staff and households across Gaza, we’re working to support as many people in crisis as possible.
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