Emergency appeal for Gaza
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Christian Aid has launched an emergency appeal to help people affected by the escalation of violence across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.
The international development agency's partners in Gaza have described the situation as ‘deteriorating very badly’.
Christian Aid’s Head of Middle East Policy & Advocacy, William Bell, said: “Following atrocities against Israeli civilians last weekend, Israel's military response in Gaza is now creating an escalating humanitarian crisis that threatens more than two million people.”
"16 years of closures and sporadic conflict mean the people in Gaza were already experiencing very high levels of poverty, unemployment, and violence and insecurity.
“A lack of water, food, and electricity, and intensifying military action, are putting the lives of growing numbers of civilians at risk.
“Our partners in Gaza have told us that hospitals are overwhelmed by casualties and shops are running out of goods such as bread and baby milk,” Mr Bell said. “They stand ready to respond with medical relief and community-led initiatives such as food, shelter, sanitation and protection.”
Christian Aid works alongside local partners to ensure aid gets to those most in need. Every donation will make a difference; £6 will pay for a basic hygiene kit while a donation of £37 will pay for a food parcel for a family of five in Gaza.
To make a donation, please visit the Middle East Crisis Appeal page on the Christian Aid website.