More than 1,900 Palestinians, including women and children, have been killed and thousands more injured since conflict broke out in July. Damage to public infrastructure has left over 1.5 million people without reliable access to basic services, including water and sanitation, and the public health system is close to collapse. Critical medical supplies are low, hospitals and clinics have been damaged, and fuel for ambulances and hospital back-up generators is scarce. Up to a quarter of the population is thought to have been displaced, with the UN’s Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) reporting that around 270,000 people are sheltering in its facilities alone. Women, children and UN staf have died in schools being used as emergency shelters – with more than 140 schools damaged in the fighting so far.
Many homes are reported destroyed or badly damaged. Tens of thousands of families now living in damaged homes need emergency shelter repair items – such as tarpaulin and plastic sheets – as well as food, blankets and hygiene kits. Over 370,000 traumatised children whose families have experienced death, injury or the loss of their home, require counselling and other forms of support. Thousands of fishing families are unable to earn a living as they are unable to resume fishing for a variety of reasons. Islamic Relief established its Gaza office in 1998. We are there on the ground delivering vital aid, including food, water, medicines and medical supplies and other essential items.
Islamic Relief Worldwide. (2014). Palestine Conflict: One Month On. Islamic Relief Worldwide, Birmingham, [Online] Available] : http://islamic-relief.org.my/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/GazaConflict_OneMonthOn2.pdf