Gaza Crisis Appeal

A much needed ceasefire has been agreed, but the humanitarian crisis remains enormous.

During the latest conflict, more than 1,500 civilians lost their lives and thousands more were injured. Massive destruction of infrastructure will take years to rebuild. 100,000 people have been made homeless, and a quarter of the population does not have access to running water or essential services. Homes, hospitals and schools have been turned to rubble, and people's livelihoods wiped out.

Our team is helping 380,000 people in desperate need. But we urgently need your support to help rebuild Gaza and push for lasting peace, including an end to all violence and an end to the blockade of Gaza.

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The situation

The current crisis is the worst Gaza has seen in decades. More than 100,000 people have had their homes destroyed. 450,000 people are without running water as wells, pipelines and electricity supplies have been destroyed. Hospitals, schools, shops and factories have all been badly damaged. Farmers and fishermen have lost everything they owned. Billions of dollars of damage to infrastructure will take years to repair.

Even before the latest hostilities, civilians in Gaza have been struggling to cope with the ongoing blockade and the restricted movement of goods and people imposed by Israel. The economy was already decimated with unemployment rising to 45 percent - almost 70 percent among youth. Producers are prevented from selling goods in other Palestinian markets in the West Bank, and exports have fallen to just two percent of levels before the blockade. The UN has stated that Gaza will become uninhabitable in the next few years, with most water unsafe to drink and public services stretched to the limit.

Oxfam's response

What Oxfam is doing right now

Oxfam staff and partners are working hard to respond to the mounting humanitarian needs, and we have now helped more than 380,000 people affected by the crisis so far. Our emergency response includes:

  • delivering safe drinking water (3 litres a day) to 250,000 people.
  • installing generators to pump water and repairing damaged water systems.
  • providing emergency food vouchers to 18,000 families (around 148,000 people).
  • supporting medical services (through support to a hospital, health centres and mobile clinics) for about 49,000 people
  • distributing hygiene kits to 26,000 people in shelters.

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

Oxfam is calling on both sides to agree a lasting solution to the conflict. For that to happen there must be an end to the seven year old Israeli blockade of Gaza.

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Video: Ziyaad Mohamed Hamed drives an Oxfam water truck in Gaza.


Video of Oxfam water trucks produced by EWASH. EWASH, of which Oxfam is a member, is a coalition working on water issues in Gaza

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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