Gaza crisis

Amid rising casualties and violence in Gaza, Oxfam's partners on the ground are reporting that vital water and sanitation infrastructure has also been destroyed or badly damaged.

Services are now struggling to cope and the insecurity is making it difficult to deliver aid. Oxfam's partners in Gaza are trying to respond to the mounting human cost of the violence.

 

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Boats destroyed by bombs in Gaza's harbour. At least 32 boats and 1,000 nets have been destroyed in the last two weeks, affecting the livelihood of 3,600 farmers.

CREDIT: Mohammed Abed/Oxfam

The situation

An estimated 1,800,000 people in the Gaza Strip are affected by the escalating violence in the region. Civilians make up the majority of casualties - around 75%.

  • Since 7 July over 200 people have died and over 1400 have been injured.
  • Tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced, with over 17,000 sheltering in UNRWA schools.
  • The water supply to 600,000 people is at risk as the Gaza water utility has had to suspend work after two of its staff were killed.
  • Over 1200 homes have been destroyed or severely damaged.
  • Over 20 health facilities have been damaged, including 2 hospitals, 4 clinics, 1 care facility for the disabled, and 4 ambulances
  • Over 70 schools have been damaged by shelling.

Oxfam's response

Oxfam programmes in Gaza

Oxfam and our partners' humanitarian and development work helps around 350,000 people in Gaza impoverished by the Israeli blockade. We work with farmers and fishermen who are prevented from accessing their livelihoods, and support a hospital and mobile clinic to provide primary healthcare. We supply safe water and sanitation, and run a food-voucher project that ensures families have enough to eat and supports the local economy. We help local producers improve the quality of their produce and get it to market, and we help local civil society to advocate for their rights.

We also provide emergency aid during military escalations and humanitarian crises - treating water supplies to make it safe to drink and carrying out public health campaigns, distributing food vouchers, and supporting a local hospital and health centres to cope with increased demand. Oxfam is doing whatever we can - we are distributing emergency food vouchers to families who have fled their homes and we aim to resume work that is currently on hold as soon as security allows.

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