The bombardment of Gaza is causing a humanitarian emergency.
What has happened?
Since the beginning of hostilities between Israel and Hamas on 8 July, thousands of ordinary people in Gaza have been injured or killed. Many more have been forced from their homes. The UN fears that tens of thousands may soon be stranded in the streets of Gaza, without food, water and shelter, if attacks on these areas continue.
What are the needs?
- Churches, UN schools and private buildings are full of displaced people – more than 250,000 people have been driven from their homes.
- People who have been injured in the fighting require urgent medical attention.
- Shelling has devastated already weakened water and sanitation systems, leaving a large percentage of the population without clean water.
- Sewage and electricity generation plants have been hit, which means that there is a serious risk of disease spreading very quickly.
What is CAFOD doing?
Our partners Catholic Relief Services and Caritas Jerusalem are working around the clock to reach vulnerable Palestinian families, but the on-going airstrikes make it difficult and dangerous to deliver aid. Despite the risks, they are on the ground providing food and basic household items, as well as medical supplies to hospitals and mobile clinics.