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UPDATE:

Struggling civilians once more face the horror of major airstrikes, with a rapidly rising death toll and hundreds of thousands of people displaced with nowhere safe to go, worsening the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza.

In the Gaza Strip:

At least 27,365 Palestinians, including 11,500 children, and 7,500 women have been killed, 8,000 missing and more than 66,630 injured with this number expected to increase as airstrikes continue. Nearly 50% of deaths are children.

The strikes are thought to have forced more than 2,000,000 people to flee their homes. Seeking shelter in dozens of schools, they urgently need food and other basic survival items.

There are also serious health concerns due to poor sanitation and overcrowding. Outbreaks of Hepatitis A have been reported, which is highly contagious and is just one of the growing risks of diseases that civilians in Gaza are exposed to.

To make matters worse, the healthcare system is on the brink of collapse, due to widespread destruction and damage of hospitals. Medical facilities which are in operation are extremely inadequate and overcrowded- with reports of centres holding three times as many patients as their capacities.

In the Westbank:

At least 330 have been killed and at least 3,000 injured.

Islamic Relief is appalled by recent reports of deaths and violence and continues to strongly condemn any and all violence against civilians. We plead with all parties to exercise restraint to avoid further civilian casualties.

The situation is extremely terrifying. I am writing these words and my house is shaking back and forth due to the intense bombing…As an adult who have lived tens of escalation in the last years, I feel terrified. I feel this time we might not be able to survive…The airstrikes are destroying everything. I can’t imagine Gaza after this ends and we survive. I can’t think of the destruction that we will see.

an Islamic Relief aid worker in Gaza

As conditions rapidly deteriorate amid this latest escalation in hostilities, Islamic Relief remains steadfast in our determination to assist Palestinian families. Working closely with our local partners, we are preparing our humanitarian response, which is likely to initially focus on distributing medical supplies and survival items.

Islamic Relief’s response

  • 2,274,000 medical items have been distributed
  • 14,170 families have received food parcels
  • 4,245 families have received food vouchers
  • 74,341 families have received fresh vegetable packages
  • 980,925 families have received ready-to-eat meals
  • 16,404 people have received clean water
  • 42,176 families have received hygiene kits
  • 18 shelters have received hygiene items
  • 45,833 children have received psychosocial support

We have been providing humanitarian relief in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since 1997, serving as a lifeline for communities struggling with the devastating effects of occupation, blockade and recurring conflict. As Palestinian families face fresh suffering in Gaza, Islamic Relief is calling on supporters to help us provide much-needed humanitarian aid.

With your support, Islamic Relief will remain a lifeline for Palestinian families. Please give generously to our Palestine Emergency Appeal now.

Palestine Emergency: A third of the people in Palestine live below the poverty line.

The situation in Palestine is unbearable for many. Gaza has been described as an “open-air prison”. Conditions in Gaza were dire even before the recent escalations in conflict, with occupation, blockade and recurring conflict causing deep poverty and suffering.

80% of the population are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive.

The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated places on Earth. It has a population of approximately 2.1 million people and since 2007 it has been under a land, sea and air blockade imposed by Israel. Ongoing power shortages impact essential services like health, water and sanitation leaving people desperate.

Islamic Relief has been working in Palestine since 1997, and your Palestine charity donations can help deliver vital humanitarian and development assistance.

Donate Sadaqah for Palestine

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can provide psychosocial support to 6 children affect by conflict
can help repair a home severely damaged by airstrikes
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Years of conflict have meant:

  • 80% of the population are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive.
  • 95% of the population cannot access clean water.
  • 50% of Gaza’s people do not have enough food.
  • 60% of children are anaemic and many children suffer from stunted growth due to malnutrition.

Why donate to the Palestine emergency through Islamic Relief?

Islamic Relief began working in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in 1997, providing life-saving emergency aid and crucial nutritional, educational and psychosocial support to families in the region.

Our teams are providing emergency medical assistance, bedding, food vouchers and other essential aid to displaced families and those most in need.

Islamic Relief is calling for international aid to support rebuilding damaged infrastructure, strengthening health and electricity networks and providing psychosocial support.

Islamic Relief strongly condemns all violence against civilians – including the most recent loss of lives. All Palestinians and Israelis, regardless of religion or ethnicity, have the right to live in safety and dignity, and to have their fundamental human rights upheld. We are calling for an immediate end to the escalating violence as any further escalation will inevitably increase civilian casualties. Islamic Relief calls on world leaders to step up efforts to prevent any further escalation of violence, but also to demand an end to the occupation and work towards a just and lasting peace agreement.

How your donations are making a difference to the people of Palestine

Since we have begun working in Palestine, we have been able to:

  • Supported around six million people.
  • Delivered programmes worth almost £109 million.
  • Repaired and restored over 1,500 homes in Gaza.
  • Provided clean drinking water to over 1 million people in schools and health facilities.
  • Supported over 300,000 children and sponsored over 15,000 orphans.
  • Delivered Ramadan and Qurbani food to around 200,000 people a year.
  • Helped over 2,000 families to earn a reliable living.

This is only possible with your ongoing support. Your generous donations are having a life-saving impact.

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Image: Families purchasing food at a supermarket in Gaza using food vouchers provided by Islamic Relief

The young people of Palestine need your help

The blockade has sealed off Gaza from the rest of the world, crippling the economy and trapping residents – including a generation of young people who have no hope of prospects for development.

Fear and lack of hope for the future have become the norm among young people in Gaza. We call on all actors to ensure that the protection of Palestinian youth be made a primary consideration, and the reassertion of the principles of protection are derived from the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the International human rights law (IHRL). We call on all actors to ensure the need for safety and security for young people to cross borders to access livelihoods.

Mohammad, 17, Gaza

In a few months, I will be completing high school. I am afraid that I will not get good grades, or that I might not even be able to complete my studies.

I am one of the distinguished students, but I still need supplementary lessons in some subjects because the curriculum is difficult. However, our economic situation does not allow for this as my father cannot pay the fees for the supplementary lessons.

My dream is to graduate from university and specialise in social work, because I would like to help others, especially the young people.

Sometimes I feel despair and frustration, and I’m very worried about not being able to understand the lessons or get supplementary lessons.

What makes everything more difficult is that we are learning online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Not being in school means that I will not have the opportunity to ask teachers questions about things I do not understand.

Studying online has been very difficult for me because you need to have a laptop or mobile phone to follow the lessons, but we cannot afford these.

Even if I had those, I would need internet and electricity, but the electricity is often cut off. This is the case now after the bombing began.

We were supposed to do the final exams for the eleventh grade after the blessed month of Ramadan, but the bombing came, which lasted for 11 days. The situation was very difficult and like the rest of my family, I was very afraid.

It was difficult to concentrate on my studies when I heard explosions all around me.

I lost my cousin in the bombing. I feel a lot of sadness now, and I don’t know how I will continue my life without him. We used to play and were always going out together.

Many of my friends’ homes were destroyed during the bombing, and I always wonder how they will continue their education.

Although I dream of completing my education, what worries me the most is that when I graduate from university, I will not be able to find a job opportunity that will help me improve my family’s condition and help build my future. I am afraid that I will sit at home like thousands of other graduates right now.

HELP MOHAMMAD’S DREAM STAY ALIVE. DONATE TODAY.

Palestine Emergency: Islamic Relief’s response

Islamic Relief teams are providing emergency medical assistance, bedding, food vouchers and other essential aid to displaced families and those most in need. A donation of £100 can provide emergency medical operations.

Islamic Relief is calling for international aid to support rebuilding damaged infrastructure, strengthening health and electricity networks and providing psychosocial support.

What can you do to help Palestine?

A third of the people in Palestine live below the poverty line. Thousands of families are struggling with financial hardship. Your donations can provide Palestine with the help it needs. Donate now and help save Palestine.

Allah (SWT) tells us in the Holy Qur’an:

“Not a leaf falls but that He knows it.” [Al An’am, 6:59]

With your support Islamic Relief can help provide vital support to help rebuild Palestine in the most conflict-affected areas. Will you help them?

We’ve been working in Palestine since 1997 providing life-saving emergency aid and crucial nutritional, educational and psychosocial support to families in the region. Yet this is only possible with your ongoing support.

With your help, we can rebuild and save Palestine. Please donate today.

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