Middle East conflict 2006

Oxfam is helped people in Lebanon, Gaza and Israel to deal with the aftermath of the conflict in the Middle East in 2006.

Oxfam is there

Oxfam is continuing to expand its work with partners in Lebanon, Gaza, Israel and beyond to provide clean water, sanitation and public hygiene promotion to innocent people affected by the fighting. So far our emergency response has assisted 78,500 people.

Assisting refugees

Oxfam's partner the National Association for Vocational Training and Social Services (Navtss) normally assists Palestinian refugees living in camps across Lebanon.

Since the conflict between Israel and Hizbullah guerrillas broke out last month, however, over 900,000 Lebanese have become refugees themselves. Some have even sought shelter in the Palestinian camps.

Navtss has been doing what it can to deal with this huge problem, providing food boxes to hundreds of displaced families and even throwing open the doors of its offices to people who have fled their homes to escape deadly bombings. Some survivors shared their experiences...

Latest news

Latest situation report

September 13, 2006

Oxfam continues to deliver assistance to people in Lebanon, Gaza and Israel. Here is an update.

Counting the cost of conflict - a report from the conflict in Lebanon 2006

August 14, 2006

As Israeli armed forces and Lebanese Hezbollah militiamen attempt a belated ceasefire, civilians in the worst-affected areas of conflict have been counting the cost, Oxfam’s Shaheen Chughtai reports from Lebanon.

Latest blogs

Middle East conflict 2006 blog

September 1, 2006

Between July and September 2006 we published a blog from the humanitarian response in Lebanon. This was written by firstly Shaista Aziz from Oxfam's Rapid Response Team and secondly Harriet Binet, a Media Officer for Oxfam who arrived in Lebanon one month after the hostilities began, to assist the Rapid Response Team.

Latest stories

August 8, 2006

“The bombs started falling at about 6 am in my area of south Beirut, where I lived with my wife and four children,” says Hasan. “There was no warning. I was at a printer’s shop, where I work. My family were at home. I rushed home – buildings nearby had been damaged but the flat where we lived was all right.”

August 8, 2006

“I’m originally Palestinian, living in the southern village of Ghaziyeh,” says Aynaya. “It was about 9am and was working in my accounting office when a bomb hit a bridge next to our building. Everyone was suddenly screaming in panic, and I fainted. When I recovered, I went home where I lived with three brothers, my sister Abeera and her two children.

August 8, 2006

“It was about 11am when the shells came crashing into my village of Aitaroun, near the Israeli border,” says Naziah. “I live with my parents, my wife, my two sisters, my brother and his two children. We grabbed a few clothes and some of our ID cards and drove away as quickly as possible.

You can help with future emergencies

Oxfam aims to respond immediately to humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters, but we can only do this if we have funds ready when they are needed. You can help: