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A much needed ceasefire has been agreed, but the humanitarian needs remain enormous.
During the latest conflict, more than 1,500 civilians in Gaza lost their lives and thousands more were injured.
Our team is helping 380,000 people in desperate need. But we urgently need your support to help push for lasting peace, and an end to the blockade.
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The current crisis is the worst Gaza has seen in decades, More than 100,000 people have had their homes destroyed. Hospitals, schools, shops and factories have all been badly damaged, and thousands have lost everything they owned. The destruction to water and sanitation systems, and Gaza's only power plant, has left hundreds of thousands of people without vital services. The massive destruction of infrastructure will take years to rebuild, and a quarter of the population does not have access to running water or essential services.
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 almost 70 percent of young people unemployed. 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.
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As storm Huda hits the Middle East, children in Gaza try to keep warm on the rubble of their bombed home. Six months since the start of the conflict, many families are still living in badly damaged homes or inadequate shelters without electricity and running water. Oxfam and our partners are on standby to respond if families in Gaza are affected by heavy flooding.
Oxfam staff and partners, many of whom have been affected by the conflict, are working hard to respond to the mounting humanitarian needs. Our emergency response includes:
Oxfam is calling on both sides to agree a lasting solution to the conflict.
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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 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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Today world leaders are meeting in Egypt to discuss donations for the reconstruction of Gaza which lost much of its vital infrastructure after the conflict earlier this year. Many people in Gaza are still in dire need of vital services, one of those... Read more
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The bulk of money pledged at the global donor conference to rebuild Gaza will languish in bank accounts for decades before it reaches people unless long-standing Israeli restrictions on imports are lifted, Oxfam said today.
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