“This afternoon the bombing started again and I heard intense bombing around the city.”
Muneeb Abu-Ghazaleh, Islamic Relief Country Director in Gaza
“The streets are otherwise eerily empty as people are terrified of what the next hours and days will bring. Banks, businesses and schools are shut and the crossings with Israel are closed so no goods or people are coming in or out.
“We’ve already seen children killed and lose their parents over the past 24 hours and we know from previous escalations that when bombing increases it is overwhelmingly civilians who are killed, injured and forced to flee their homes. In the last major bombing campaign 2 years ago, more than a quarter of all casualties were children and thousands of homes, hospitals, schools and health centres were bombed.
“It’s vital that the international community applies pressure to stop the crisis escalating further. Israeli authorities must ensure that civilians and civilian infrastructure are protected from attack, in accordance with international humanitarian law.”
Islamic Relief condemns all violence against civilians and calls for an end to the decades-long Israeli blockade of Gaza. Cutting the region off from the rest of the world, the blockade has fuelled high levels of poverty and unemployment and has crippled essential services such as healthcare, electricity and water. In Gaza a staggering 1.3 million people need humanitarian aid, with many unable to adequately feed themselves or their children.
Our teams on the ground are currently preparing to respond by working through local partners to provide urgently needed medical supplies, as well as food provision, and ready-to-eat meals for displaced families.
Donate now and help save lives.
The latest attack on Gaza caused devastation on a scale not seen since 2014. As a result, 230 people were killed including 63 children, 1,900 people injured, and nearly 60,000 people left homeless.
The people of Gaza are having to deal with continuous nights of airstrikes due to ongoing conflict. Now is the time to help Gaza and its people.
After many years of conflict, Palestinians still feel unsafe in their own country. The economy has been damaged by political instability and constant conflict. The blockades in Gaza cause chaos on a daily basis. We’re providing vital health care to help vulnerable people rebuild their lives.
A third of the people in Palestine live below the poverty line. Thousands of families are struggling with financial hardship. Your donations can provide life-saving support. Donate now and help save lives.
Image: Aftermath of airstrikes in Gaza, Palestine
Since 2007, Gaza has been under a land, sea and air blockade imposed by Israel. 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.
60% of children are anaemic and many children suffer from stunted growth due to malnutrition.
Islamic Relief has been working in Gaza since 1997. We’ve been providing vital support to vulnerable people through donations towards our Gaza relief fund. Our work is focused on getting food to those who need it most, and treating urgent health needs.
Your support for Gaza will help our teams to deliver vital medical supplies to patients and staff. We also provide key items; such as medicine, disposables, medical kits and food for all.
Since 1997 Islamic Relief has invested almost £109 million in humanitarian and development programmes to support the Palestinian people.
Image: Islamic Relief Gaza team distributing emergency aid such as blankets, mattresses, food and fuel to families affected by the winter storms in Gaza