Emergency Gaza Appeal

Mahmoud family take shelter in disused storage shed

Welfare Association is working to provide emergency medical aid to hospitals in Gaza, after Israeli attacks kill 248 and injure more than 1,710.

 

 

Ceasefire in Gaza came in at 2am on 21.5.2021

 

In Gaza humanitarian operations have been gearing up this week and already WA has:

  • procured emergency supplies for Gaza hospitals, procured medicines for  PRCS in Gaza
  • is distributing humanitarian supplies to hundreds of displaced families.

 

 WA’s interventions in Jerusalem so far include:

  • For the front line responders’ Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in East Jerusalem, WA has procured a fully equipped  ambulance, first aid and emergency supplies, fuel for ambulances
  • for Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem WA has procured medicines and emergency room supplies
  • WA is working with the Union of Charitable Societies to provide food for 900 marginalised families badly affected by the violence of the Israeli armed forces there.

 

Please access latest UN information here

 

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WA delivering food packages to displaced families in Gaza this week

 

Situation in Gaza

Welfare Association is working to provide emergency medical aid to hospitals in Gaza, after ongoing Israeli military air bombardments (since Monday 10th May 2021) have killed 248 Palestinians, including 66 children and 39 women. More than 1,710 Palestinians have been injured, with the number rising sharply as the bombardment continues. The attacks have drawn international condemnation, and worldwide authorities have called for the respect of international human rights law. On 15 May, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, stated that she was “deeply disturbed by the reported use of live ammunition by Israeli Security Forces”. 


The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) reports 991 housing and commercial units have been destroyed. A further 678 housing units have been severely damaged and deemed inhospitable, leaving over 2,500 people homeless in Gaza. There are 72,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), of which 47,000 are seeking protection in 58 UN-run schools across Gaza. These shelters have limited access to water and no access to health care or food. 50 education facilities (including schools, two kindergartens, an UNRWA vocational training centre and a higher education facility) have been damaged.

 

Health centres have also been damaged in the air strikes, including four Ministry of Health hospitals, two NGO hospitals, two clinics, a health centre and a Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) facility. Additionally, police and security facilities, as well as open areas, have been hit, with the police headquarters in Gaza city destroyed. Power supplies have also been affected in Gaza, with an average of 6-8 hours a day. This affects basic sanitation, including limited access to drinking water for up to 800,000 people in Gaza city and Khan Younis.

 

Please read here for the latest full UNOCHA emergency report

 

Reports from our Welfare Association teams in Gaza confirm that the local population is terrified. As the heavy air strikes continue at increasing frequency, the fear is that it will as bad as, or worse than, the Israeli military attacks of summer 2014.

 

One of our WA staff members in Gaza lost 12 members of his immediate and extended family in the Israeli military attacks on Sunday.

 

The Health sector in Gaza has long been overstretched and underfunded, with increasing strain throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The health authorities have circulated lists of medical items they urgently need to support their emergency response.

 

WA is providing emergency medical supplies to hospitals in Gaza. Emergency department teams and surgical teams are working around the clock to provide urgent treatment for those injured in the air strikes, with the numbers expected to increase as this situation continues to escalate.

 

We urgently need your help.

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