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Deadly Escalation in palestine

Deadly Escalation in palestine

Violence has escalated after months of ongoing tension across the region. Over 24,000 people have been killed and thousands more have been injured or deemed missing. In Gaza specifically, a ‘total blockade’ is in place, completely cutting off the 2 million civilians from access to food, electricity, and fuel. 

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says at least 1 of 4 households are facing catastrophic levels of acute food insecurity, the highest level of warning; the total number of housing units destroyed or damaged accounts for over 60% of all housing units in Gaza; and more than 90% of the population has been displaced with hundreds of thousands of people sleeping in the open with inadequate clothing to fight the cold. 

The attack on the health system has been particularly devastating. The World Health Organization (WHO) says 15 out of 36 of Gaza’s hospitals are partially functional, facing challenges with the shortage of medical staff and lack of essential medical supplies. They also shared that more people will die of disease if we’re not able to put the health system back together and provide people with the basics of life. 

While issues related to the delivery of humanitarian aid persist, IRUSA partners are continuing to work on the following interventions:

  • Distribution of food parcels sourced by local farmers in Gaza to displaced families 

  • Provision of hygiene kits to people in shelters

  • Provision of vital medical supplies to three hospitals including Hayfa Hospital, Al-Awda Hospital, and Al-Ahli Arab Hospital

  • Access to mobile clinics for 23,400 people in shelters

  • Immediate trauma response for 4,000-5,000 people 

  • Winter aid including blankets, mattresses, and winter clothing

Our partners are also continuing to work on the procurement and stockpiling of water, food and non-food items, and medical supplies, to be delivered once a pathway for humanitarian aid is established.

Stay tuned to this page for ongoing updates.

Focus on Palestine

Living under occupation and a constant threat of violence, Palestinians have been robbed of nearly every basic human right. Food insecurity; poor water quality; limited access to healthcare; lack of education opportunities; high unemployment; and restricted movement are only a few of the many problems the people of Palestine are forced to face in their daily lives. 

The Palestinian refugee crisis is one of the biggest our world has faced. More than 7 million Palestinians have been displaced. Our hope is to show the people of Palestine they have not been forgotten. 

Islamic Relief’s Dedication to Palestine

Islamic Relief has been working in Palestine for over two decades. Our legacy across the country has grown to help hundreds of thousands of people every year. Not only do we provide immediate emergency relief, but we work with our partners to implement long-term development programs that will help rebuild Palestine and bring hope to its people. Our efforts are expansive, covering nearly every sector Islamic Relief and its supporters have dedicated their time and energy to. This includes:

  • Food aid

  • Access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene

  • Access to healthcare including psychosocial support and awareness for women and children 

  • Childhood development efforts including access to education and support for orphans and children with disabilities

  • Sustainable livelihood support including youth entrepreneurship and women empowerment efforts 

  • Emergency aid for families in Gaza including improved physical and mental wellbeing through shelter rehabilitation and psychosocial support

  • Winter assistance

We Need YOUR Help

Thanks to you, we’ve been able to accomplish so much. But there’s still so much more to do. By continuing to support our efforts in Palestine, you can help make a difference in the lives of those in desperate need.

Donate Now



PLEASE NOTE: Donations made to IRWORLD’s Palestine fund may serve urgent or long-term programs in Palestine or for Palestinian refugees in other countries.


Pregnant women and newborns are among the most vulnerable in conflict

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