With Gaza now completely cut off from food, electricity, water and fuel, ActionAid is alarmed at the rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis which is affecting the lives of over two million people.
“The situation inside Gaza is dire as homes and civilians remain the indiscriminate targets of continuous bombing,” Nadim Zaghloul, ActionAid Palestine Country Director, said. “Our colleagues have fled their homes and are currently using hospitals as shelters. Air raids continue throughout the day and night and our partners are telling us that entire families have lost their lives.”
Civilian infrastructure has been damaged too, with over 400,000 people living without clean water and sanitation. Additionally, hospitals are running out of medical supplies as the death toll and casualties increase exponentially.
“We’re only a few days into the crisis, but the unprecedented scale of hostilities threatens a humanitarian emergency on an unimaginable scale, even for a region all too familiar with disaster. With a ‘total blockade’ announced in Gaza, over two million people will be plunged even further into crisis and completely cut off from food, electricity, and fuel.”
“We are urgently calling for an end to the violence and to the safe passage of humanitarian aid to those that need it the most.”
Notes to editor
ActionAid Palestine Country Director, Nadim Zaghloul, and Wisam Shweiki, Head of Programmes at ActionAid Palestine, and Gemma Guillen Country Manager at ActionAid Spain in Palestine, are available for interview on request.
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