About the Situation
Since airstrikes began on November 14, 2012, more than 100 Palestinians have been killed—including children and at least one pregnant woman, according to news reports. More than 1,200 people have been injured. A week later, on November 21, a ceasefire was declared, bringing the aerial assault to an end.
With nearly eight days of air strikes, the already-volatile environment has been made more uncertain across the region—from Gaza to Bethlehem to Jerusalem, and areas in between. Many Palestinians who struggle every day in impoverished conditions find themselves yet again without vital resources.
Buildings, schools and homes have been destroyed. Several Islamic Relief Palestine staff members who live in Gaza have reported damage to their own homes. Numerous Palestinians have been rendered homeless, and thousands of young children are living in a constant state of fear. According to Islamic Relief Palestine team members, mothers and fathers have told them of signs of stress on their children, including constant crying and bed-wetting.
How Islamic Relief USA Is Helping
Islamic Relief USA aims to provide aid to Palestinians who need it most by working with UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
EMERGENCY FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Islamic Relief USA, through UNRWA, is providing food packages, including flour, oil, milk, corned beef, rice and sugar, to families in Gaza. More than 184,000 individuals stand to benefit.
The more you give, the more IRUSA can help—so please, donate today to provide vital aid to our brothers and sisters in need.
Watch this video clip to learn more about the conditions many Palestinians face on a daily basis, and how Islamic Relief has been helping them get the tools they need to achieve success.
Islamic Relief Worldwide has been providing humanitarian relief in Palestine since 1994, and Islamic Relief Palestine opened its office there in 1998 so that long-term development projects could be implemented and overseen by people in the field.
Islamic Relief projects in the region have included food distribution, medical relief and orphan sponsorship. Islamic Relief has also established educational enhancement centers, care programs for traumatized children and a school for the deaf. Learn more about Islamic Relief’s efforts for Palestine.