ActionAid is preparing a humanitarian response following the recent violence in Gaza, where 113 people have been killed and over 13,000 injured during demonstrations at the “security fence” which separates the Gaza Strip from Israel.
ActionAid’s Palestine Country Director Ibrahim Ibraigheth, says:
“ActionAid is preparing an emergency response following the huge rise in Palestinian casualties since March 30 when the March of Return demonstrations began.
“In addition to emergency medical supplies, communities have indicated the importance of providing areas with fuel so they can operate water and sewage pumps – vital for health and sanitation.
“ActionAid plans to meet this need with emergency fuel for water pumps, sewage pumps and garbage collection vehicles to assist crisis-hit communities.
“These new needs occur in the context of a pre-existing humanitarian crisis caused by a decade of Israeli blockade. This, alongside the internal Palestinian political divide and a chronic energy crisis that leaves Gaza’s two million inhabitants with power cuts of up to 22 hours per day, severely disrupts the provision of essential services.
“There are also high levels of food insecurity, with about 80 per cent of people in Gaza receiving food assistance.”
ActionAid Palestine has been actively working in the Gaza Strip since 2014 through the implementation of various humanitarian and development projects.