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Gaza crisis

Oxfam is currently helping 258,000 people in Gaza providing food and vital water and sanitation.

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Last updated: 16/5/2018

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The situation

Oxfam today warned that prolonged closure of crossings into Gaza could cut Palestinians from essential goods such as fuel and food and threatens to further deteriorate what is already a dire humanitarian situation. 

Israel's 10-year blockade of Gaza has caused infrastructure and services to collapse, provoking a humanitarian crisis for nearly two million people, mostly refugees, who have been effectively trapped inside. 

Some forty percent of Gaza's population struggle to get enough to eat. Unemployment is over forty percent and over 23,500 have been displaced from their homes due to the aftermath of the last war in 2014.

Oxfam's country director for the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel, Chris Eijkemans said: 

"The vital Karem Shalom crossing, one of the only entry points for goods in and out of Gaza, was damaged three days ago and is now closed, or opening for limited goods. If this continues, this could spark a further fuel shortage which would hit agricultural irrigation. Oxfam is working to rehabilitate a number of irrigation wells in Gaza but we don't have a Plan B at this stage. The knock-on inflation on food prices would hit poor families hard and quickly." 

Any sudden fuel shortage would also hit Gaza's vital desalination plants which ninety percent of the people of Gaza depend on. 

Eijkemans said: "Oxfam condemns the killings of at least 58 demonstrators in Gaza. The international community must take strong and urgent action to end the violence and ensure restraint from all sides. The killings should be investigated - independently and immediately - for any breach of international law and those found guilty be brought to justice. " 

Oxfam programmes in Gaza

Oxfam and our partners' humanitarian and development work helps hundreds of thousands of 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.

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