Gaza Crisis Appeal - please donate
The terrifying escalation of violence in Gaza and Israel is leaving people in Gaza in urgent need of humanitarian support. People have lost loved ones, homes and income.
A donation from you can help our teams respond in Gaza as soon as it’s safe to do so. Please donate what you can today.
Last updated 16 October 2023
What colleagues are saying, what my family are saying in Gaza, is: it's never been this bad... There's no water. No electricity. No fuel. Supplies are dwindling... The situation is really dire.”
– Bushra Khalidi, Oxfam Policy Lead in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, in Ramallah
What's happening in Gaza?
Conflict has recently escalated with horrifying attacks by Hamas in Israel, and by Israel in Gaza, killing civilians and destroying homes and infrastructure.
This conflict isn’t new. Even before these attacks, 8 out of 10 people in Gaza were reliant on international aid. For 16 years, Palestinians have lived under Israeli-enforced blockade in Gaza, with most people unable to leave at all.
Israel has now imposed a total blockade of electricity, food, water and fuel coming in to Gaza. The only power plant in Gaza has run out of fuel. There isn’t enough fuel to run a full ambulance service, pump drinking water, and run sanitation systems.
There have been hundreds of military airstrikes by Israel across the Gaza Strip since Saturday. Essential water and sanitation infrastructure is being destroyed – raising fears that Gaza will soon run out of drinkable water.
People urgently need shelter. Constant airstrikes make it unsafe to move about on the streets to get food and supplies. Children are traumatised, and parents who are lucky enough to be employed can’t get to work to earn money and feed their families.
The situation is extremely tense and getting darker... Handling my kids really is my priority. Handling how they deal with the fear... Just trying to keep them safe, just manage their screams when they hear the bombings.”
– Najla Shawa, Country Relations Manager based in Gaza.
Frequently asked questions
What is Oxfam doing in Gaza?
Oxfam teams are closely monitoring the humanitarian situation alongside our local partners and international organisations. We’re currently unable to conduct in-person assessments due to violence in occupied Palestinian territory.
When we can operate, our response will include providing people with clean water, sanitation and hygiene items, rehabilitation of water and wastewater networks that have been destroyed in the bombing, food and other essential household items for people who have lost their homes or their incomes.
If emergency shelters are created, we’ll provide support to people there.
Why we are not responding in Israel
The violence perpetrated on Israeli civilians by Hamas was appalling and Oxfam condemns the attacks in the strongest terms.
Our decision to respond in any crisis is always driven by humanitarian need alone — ensuring that people most in need of help are prioritised and taking into account the ability (or inability) of states to provide assistance for its people.
Even before the weekend’s attacks, 80% of people living in Gaza relied on international aid following 16 years of blockade. The Israeli government and local and national organisations have the capacity to meet the current needs in Israel. Oxfam’s humanitarian appeal is therefore focused on providing help to people affected by the crisis in Gaza.
While Oxfam is currently not responding in Israel, we are monitoring the situation carefully. Should that situation change we will reassess.
What is Oxfam’s position on the conflict?
We condemn all attacks, violence and targeting of Palestinian and Israeli civilians. Attacks that deliberately target civilians are never justifiable. All parties must respect international law and cease their attacks. We have witnessed the deadliest day for civilians in the history of modern Israel and the deadliest year in the West Bank since UN records began. The cycle of violence must end.
We call for an immediate ceasefire. Civilians on both sides continue to pay the price for the failure of their leaders to resolve a conflict which has led to the longest occupation in modern history. This escalation of violence also underscores the persistent failure of world leaders to address the occupation and blockade. Unless the international community actively works to address these root causes that have been the catalyst for this new round of hostilities, this cycle of denial of rights and violence will only continue.
Humanitarian aid must be allowed to flow, in safety, to those people most in need. All humanitarian operations are now effectively frozen. It is impossible for agencies like Oxfam to restart them in the face of bombs, shells, rockets and bullets. Ordinary civilians have already borne the brunt of the violence and now those in Gaza face a double blow as the violence escalates and they are cut off from vital humanitarian aid and all public services.
How we spend your money
For every £1 you donate to this emergency appeal, we will allocate 9p of your donation to cover general support and running costs. There is a small chance that we will raise more money than is needed for this appeal. If this happens, we'll spend any additional funds on other Oxfam projects — wherever the need is greatest.