Gaza crisis

The past few days have been the deadliest yet in Gaza, with ongoing violence and intensive air strikes. On average one child is killed every hour and the humanitarian situation is getting more and more desperate.

More than 200,000 people have fled their homes but with nowhere safe to go. Oxfam is there providing vital water and sanitation, and food vouchers to help people cope with the crisis.

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Photo: Mohammed Al Baba

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 more than 1000 people have died and around 7000 have been injured.
  • Over 240,000 civilians have been displaced, with around 175,000 people sheltering in more than 90 schools across Gaza, with some hosting more than 80 people per class room. Over 120 schools have been damaged by shelling, including UN schools hosting families who have fled.
  • Around 1.8 million people - the entire population of Gaza - have no or very limited access to water and sanitation services. 
  • The homes of around 3,600 families have been destroyed or severely damaged.
  • More than 200,000 people need food assistance.

Oxfam's response

What Oxfam is doing right now

Oxfam teams are working hard in incredibly difficult and dangerous conditions to respond to the mounting humanitarian needs. We have distributed emergency food vouchers and safe water to people who have fled their homes and who are sheltering in schools, churches, mosques and hospitals in Gaza. We are providing clean water to hospitals that are seeing a massive influx of civilian casualties. 

Many Oxfam staff and partners have themselves been affected and had to flee their homes.

Oxfam is calling on both sides to agree an immediate ceasefire and address the underlying causes of the conflict.

Photo: Iyad al Baba

Oxfam is now delivering safe water to more than 55,000 people who have fled their homes.

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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