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THE SITUATION

With the high death toll and damage caused by 11 days of violence in Gaza, the scale of humanitarian need is immense. Around 91,000 Palestinians have been displaced from their homes, including 66,000 who are seeking protection in UN schools across Gaza.

Basic services and health infrastructure, already scarce before the crisis, have been ravaged by this latest violence. Six hospitals, eleven primary health care centres and Gaza’s only COVID-19 testing clinic have been damaged. The electricity crisis, which has left many households without power for up to 18 hours a day, is also affecting hospitals which are not able to power medical equipment during power cuts.

This newest conflict has further exacerbated an already dire situation. Fourteen years of blockade and an already fragile health system have all converged to leave Gaza in the most critical humanitarian situation since the 2014 conflict.

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CARE'S RESPONSE

CARE has been operating in the occupied Palestinian territory since 1948. Our teams are working to provide both physical and mental support to the people of West Bank and Gaza; all with a particular emphasis on women and girls who are most vulnerable in these situations. CARE stands with all people affected by violence, discrimination and conflict.

“Our intervention in Gaza will be two-fold: providing both physical and mental support. With medical supplies delivered to hospitals, we can save the lives of thousands of injured people; and with more mobile clinics, we can provide psycho-social support to at least 20,000 women and children,” says Nirvana Shawky, CARE MENA Regional Director.

She adds: “Our team in Gaza has so far delivered urgent medical disposables supporting over 5,000 people injured. We are glad there is finally a ceasefire. But even so, the situation still requires an immediate intervention to respond to the crisis and avert further deterioration in the coming weeks. There will also be continued needs, recovery and rebuilding over the coming months and years.”