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Palestine Humanitarian Crisis



Current Situation

On the morning of December 27, 2008, massive air raids were launched in the Gaza Strip that still continues to take place.

“We are short of rooms and supplies, we are up to our necks,” said a surgeon at Gaza’s main Al-Shifa Hospital. Added the doctor, “The buildings are falling on the heads of the patients.”
“The situation is absolutely disastrous.” – United Nations official (CNN)
• The death toll of the attacks has risen to 410, with over 2,100 injured.
• These numbers are expected to rise with the continuation of the strike and the inability of the Gaza medical capacity to cope with the overload of causalities.
• According to the BBC, this attack is considered to be the bloodiest day in Gaza in over 40 years.
In addition to the urgent medical needs for the victims, the short supply of food is another worry for those trying to survive.
• Islamic Relief’s aid worker on the ground, Hatem Shurrab, who is writing about the situation for BBC News, has said, “I’ve met families who are resorting to boiling weeds that they’ve dug out from the ground in order to feed their families.”

• “What makes the food situation even worse is that Gazans were already facing difficulties with food over the last year – now they are on the brink,” said Shurrab.
International aid organizations have claimed the current humanitarian conditions in Gaza to be the worst in three decades (CNN).
• 50% of the hospitals’ ambulances are depreciated due to lack of spare parts and the amount of fuel available.
• All services have been affected and one and a quarter million people receive piped drinking water less than once a day as a consequence.
• The humanitarian situation is deteriorating by the day. There is a severe shortage of cooking gas. Families are relying on gasoline burners or small generators, the prices of which have increased six-folds in the market.
• The majority of families rely on candles for lighting due to power blackouts. For the fifth consecutive week, there is no fuel for standby generators or transportation.
• Water and sewage services continue to be severely constrained by shortages of fuel, chemicals for sterilization and spare parts.
“The children are terrified. Adults are unable to provide them with security or warmth. Hospitals are stretched out of the limits. We need blood and medicine and surgical equipment.” -Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj, Head of Gaza’s Mental Health Program

Your support has helped save lives. The people of Gaza are still in desperate need, please continue your help.


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