A much-needed ceasefire has been agreed, but the humanitarian needs remain enormous. Gaza has witnessed its worst destruction in decades with vital infrastructure such as water systems, sanitation and health services badly damaged by the recent violence.
During the latest conflict, more than 1,500 civilians in Gaza lost their lives and thousands more were injured.
Our team is helping 380,000 people in desperate need. But we urgently need your support to help push for lasting peace, and an end to the blockade.
The current crisis is the worst Gaza has seen in decades, More than 100,000 people have had their homes destroyed. Hospitals, schools, shops and factories have all been badly damaged, and thousands have lost everything they owned. The destruction to water and sanitation systems, and Gaza's only power plant, has left hundreds of thousands of people without vital services. The massive destruction of infrastructure will take years to rebuild, and a quarter of the population does not have access to running water or essential services.
Even before the latest hostilities, civilians in Gaza have been struggling to cope with the ongoing blockade and the restricted movement of goods and people imposed by Israel. The economy was already decimated with almost 70 percent of young people unemployed. Producers are prevented from selling goods in other Palestinian markets in the West Bank, and exports have fallen to just two percent of levels before the blockade. The UN has stated that Gaza will become uninhabitable in the next few years, with most water unsafe to drink and public services stretched to the limit.
What Oxfam is doing to help
Oxfam staff and partners, many of whom have been affected by the conflict, are working hard to respond to the mounting humanitarian needs. Our emergency response includes:
- delivering safe drinking water (3 litres a day) to 250,000 people.
- installing generators to pump water and repairing damaged water systems.
- providing emergency food vouchers to 18,000 families (around 148,000 people).
- supporting medical services (through support to a hospital, health centres and mobile clinics) for about 49,000 people
- distributing hygiene kits to 26,000 people in shelters.
Oxfam is calling on both sides to agree a lasting solution to the conflict
A year after all 27 EU countries committed to challenging settlement expansion, forced displacement, and demolition of Palestinian property in an unprecedented Foreign Affairs Council statement, approvals for illegal settlements have increased and hundreds of Palestinian homes and structures have been bulldozed despite EU saying this must stop.
An Israeli airstrike has destroyed one Oxfam supported kindergarten (Al Bajan kindergarten) and left another damaged (Al Housna kindergarten) in Karama, North West Gaza City.
As the impact of days of violent escalation worsens for civilians in Gaza and in Israel, a group of 38 aid and development agencies today urged world leaders to take swift action to enforce a ceasefire in order to protect civilian lives and infrastructure and prevent another widespread humanitarian disaster in Gaza brought on by a prolonged military confrontation.