(updated 12th Feb 2024)
medical items have been distributed
people have received food vouchers
people have received fresh vegetable packages
people have received clean water
people have received hygiene kits
children have received psychosocial support
*** The situation is changing constantly. This is up to date as of 11th October
Islamic Relief is planning to distribute aid such as medical supplies for hospitals and food for vulnerable displaced families as soon as it is possible. (Cash Voucher Assistance was explored early on but the supply chain was not conducive to this.)
However, although we have some limited supplies ready in place, we have not yet been able to distribute them due to the extremely heavy and indiscriminate bombing across Gaza and the high danger to our staff, partners and the communities. We are constantly reviewing this and will begin distributions once it is safe to do so.
Procuring further supplies is currently very difficult due to the tightened blockade on Gaza, and we continue to call for a humanitarian corridor to be put in place so that aid can be delivered safely.
As the bombing intensifies, civilians in Gaza are trapped. As Gaza is under blockade they cannot leave the territory and have nowhere safe to escape to. Some displaced people are staying with relatives in parts of Gaza that have so far suffered less bombing. Many families are sheltering in UNRWA-run schools but some of these have also been bombed and conditions in the schools are extremely basic. The reality is that people are having to move location regularly.
The main priorities include medical equipment, food and fuel. Hospitals are completely overwhelmed with casualties and need urgent support, and the ‘total siege’ means that current food supplies will soon run low – affecting the poorest and most vulnerable people most of all. Fuel is urgently needed to keep generators going for vital healthcare and water/sanitation systems, as the electricity supply has also been significantly reduced to just 4 hours a day. As the electricity shortages get worse and more people become displaced, clean water and sanitation are also likely to be huge urgent needs.
At the moment Israel has announced a “total siege” on Gaza, preventing any food, medicine, fuel or other vital supplies from entering. The limited supplies we have in place for distribution are supplies that were already within Gaza and put in place through our Disaster Preparedness Plan. We continue to call for a humanitarian corridor to be put in place so that more aid can be delivered safely into Gaza.