Gaza and southern Israel: escalating violence

Nov 19, 2012

In the wake of the rapidly escalating violence in and around Gaza and southern Israel, CARE International calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities by all sides and for their strict adherence to International Humanitarian Law.

"We deeply regret and condemn the current spike in violence and loss of life in and around Gaza. The failure of all relevant actors to find a just and durable solution for Gaza creates conditions in which all sides revert to violence too often and too easily, with the Gaza civilians left paying the highest price. We therefore call upon all parties to the new conflict to act with the interest of the people of Gaza and south Israel in mind, abide by their obligations under international law and cease the ongoing hostilities," said Country Director David White.

CARE is currently assisting 80,000 most vulnerable residents of the Gaza Strip, whose security and livelihoods have been undermined by a five-year long naval and land blockade, in meeting their basic food needs. The majority are women and girls who bear the brunt of conflict and poverty.

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CARE International is an international non-profit humanitarian organization that seeks to end poverty and help people realize their rights. We have been operating in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) since 1948. CARE WBG manages a current annual budget of 12 million USD, which benefits more than half a million Palestinians living in 100 marginalized and vulnerable communities across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

About CARE: Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. In over 80 countries, CARE works with the poorest communities to improve basic health and education, enhance rural livelihoods and food security, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, help vulnerable people adapt to climate change and provide lifesaving assistance during emergencies. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls living in poverty because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. To learn more, visit www.care.ca.