The latest hostilities in Gaza has created heightened tension, thus declaring all schools, educational institutions, and public sector to be shut down.
The recent escalation in violence was triggered earlier this week, when the Israeli army conducted an air strike at the home of an Islamic leader which left him and his wife dead, injuring his children and a neighbour.
Since then dozens of rockets have been launched from Gaza to the Israeli settlements and towns.
Two recent developments such as: the recent appointment of a new right wing Israeli military minister; and the agreement in Gaza to hold general elections – should be seen as a strong indication of possible escalation of the already ferocious situation.
People accross the Palestinian territories are in drastic need of food, water, and medical supplies. The shortage of electricity, medical staff, and medical supplies in Gaza is putting the health system under immense pressure.
With so many people injured and sick, and the unemployment rate plummeting, many families have no idea where their next meal will come from.
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.
Despite their needs increasing, the international donor support is not keeping pace. We desperately need to support the people of Gaza, to assist them with the humanitarian aid they rightfully deserve.
Islamic Relief has been supporting these vulnerable communities for over a decade. Our focus has been mainly on health needs, namely the provision of medical supplies and equipment including medicines, disposable items, medical kits and food for the patients and medical staff.
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.