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Muna* washing at her tent where she currently lives. Photo: Alef Multimedia/ Oxfam

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There is currently an acute humanitarian crisis in Gaza. As a result of the attacks, over 1.7 million people have been forced from their homes and the entire population is at risk of starvation. Without hospitals, water and food, the situation is desperate. 

Oxfam is on the ground and we have reached over 300,000 people in Gaza so far. The support includes winter kits with blankets and other items to keep warm, food parcels with fresh vegetables., and cash assistance. Oxfam and partners are distributing hygiene kits, medicine and first aid to particularly vulnerable women. We train midwives and distribute kits to new mothers for the first critical period after childbirth. With your gift, we can reach even more people.

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83 000

people have been fed

128 000

people have received water and sanitation services

41 000

people have been protected

"We have nothing"

- We have no food, no beds, no blankets, we have nothing. We were dumped here and abandoned. We have no access to clean water, we drink salt water. It feels like we will freeze to death at night.

So says Muna, who was forced to flee with her family. They are now living in a tent camp, and they are far from being alone. Over 1.7 million people have left their homes and 90% of the population is suffering from extreme hunger. The entire population is at risk of starvation. The water shortage is acute and causes deadly diseases to spread rapidly.

Listen to Muna talk about her situation in the video.

What is Oxfam doing right now?

Despite very difficult conditions, Oxfam and our partner organizations have reached over 300,000 people in Gaza. We are distributing winter kits with blankets and other items to keep warm, we are distributing food parcels with fresh vegetables, and we are providing cash assistance. We distribute hygiene kits, medicine and first aid to particularly vulnerable women. Our partners provide essential medical care, train midwives, and distribute kits to new mothers for the first critical period after childbirth.

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Oxfam's partner PARC prepares food parcels in southern Gaza. Photo: PARC/ Oxfam

→ Oxfam condemns all violence that has affected and continues to affect Israeli and Palestinian civilians.

We are deeply dismayed by the serious violence against Israeli civilians and the escalating violence against civilians in Gaza. Attacks that deliberately target civilians are never justified. All parties must respect international humanitarian law and end the violence. We have witnessed the deadliest day for civilians in Israel's modern history and the deadliest year in the West Bank since UN measurements began. The cycle of violence must end.

 

→ Oxfam calls for an immediate and permanent ceasefire

Civilians on all sides are paying the price for their leaders' failure to resolve a conflict that has led to the longest occupation in modern history. The escalation of violence also underscores the failure of world leaders to address the occupation and blockade. If the international community does not actively work to address these root causes, the cycle of human rights violations and violence will only continue. Humanitarian pauses are not enough; a permanent ceasefire is needed to truly protect and support all people in Gaza.

 

→ Humanitarian aid must be allowed to enter safely into the affected areas.

All humanitarian operations are now completely stopped. It is impossible for organizations like Oxfam to restart them under the threat of bombs, rockets and bullets. Ordinary civilians have already borne the brunt of the violence, and now the people of Gaza are doubly affected as the violence escalates while they are denied access to humanitarian aid.

What is happening in Gaza?

Since October 7, violence in Gaza and Israel has escalated significantly. On 7 October, the Hamas organization attacked Israel, killing 1200 Israelis and 136 Israelis are still being held hostage in Gaza.

Since then, the Israeli army has killed over 32,000 Palestinians in Gaza and over 75,000 have been injured. 1.7 million people have fled their homes and 90% are suffering from extreme hunger. In the midst of all this, the Israeli government is blocking humanitarian aid routes and neither Oxfam nor other agencies are able to fully carry out their work. Without a permanent ceasefire, the entire population of Gaza is at risk of starvation.

On January 26, 2024, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Israel to ensure that it does not commit genocide. Within one month of the decision, Israel was to report back on the steps it has taken to avoid genocide and improve the humanitarian situation. Oxfam noted on March 18, 2024 that Israel continues to block humanitarian aid from reaching the people of Gaza, in violation of the ICJ's order.

"The government of Israel not only fails to facilitate the efforts of international humanitarian aid but actively prevents it. We believe that Israel is failing to do everything in its power to prevent genocide."

Sally Abi-Kahli, Oxfam Regional Director for the Middle East

Tobias Billström, demand a ceasefire now!

Sweden must be on the right side of history. Tobias Billström, you are the country's Foreign Minister. An entire population is at risk of starvation - and we urge you to do everything you can to establish a permanent ceasefire immediately. The people of Gaza cannot wait.

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The humanitarian need is enormous 

More than 32,000 Palestinians have died. Over 1.7 million people have left their homes, and there is an acute shortage of water, food and fuel. Hospitals are either closed, overloaded or losing electricity supply. The humanitarian needs in Gaza are enormous.

Over 90% of Gaza's population is suffering from extreme hunger and is at risk of starvation. The water shortage is acute, with each person estimated to have access to 2 liters of water each day - the daily requirement is 15 liters. 2000 people per shower and 500 people per toilet allow diseases to spread rapidly. Cases of diarrhea are 40 times higher than last year.

In the midst of all this, the Israeli government is blocking humanitarian aid routes and neither Oxfam nor other actors can fully carry out their work.

Tent camp in Gaza, January 2024.

Questions & answers

Oxfam has 29 We are in constant contact with them, ensuring every day that everyone is alive and safe. This is our most important job, although it's getting harder and harder to guarantee. Most people have had to leave their homes - some have lost their homes completely. This is an extremely traumatic and difficult time for everyone in Gaza. Everyone is insecure and feeling unsafe, struggling to get shelter, food, water and electricity. Our colleagues are no exception.

Oxfam has been operating in Gaza and Israel since the 1950s. Therer works Oxfam works with local partners to support people in Gaza affected by the humanitarian crisis there.We are providing clean water, rebuilding damaged water systems and improving sanitation. We support local farmers to improve the quality of their products and get them sold, and we support civil society to fight for the human rights of the people. We campaign for sustainable peace and security for all civilians and an end to the blockade of Gaza.

Oxfam is on the ground in many countries, and the degree of need determines the response. The decision to bein a crisis is always made on the basis of humanitarian need.. Before the October 7th attacks, 80% of the people in Gaza were dependent on international aid.t support as a result of a 16-year blockade. The Israeli government, local and national organizations have sufficient capacity to meet the needs of its population, which Gaza does not have. Should the situation change Oxfam will review prioritization.

Attacks that deliberately target civilians are never justified. All parties must respect international humanitarian law and end the violence. Hostage-taking violates humanitarian law and Oxfam condemns all such acts.

Oxfam has staff on the ground in Gaza and is working with 9 trusted local organizations in Gaza and has maintained contact with them since 7 October. Our partners are now working in difficult circumstances, as they are themselves displaced. So far Oxfam and our partners have reached 73,000 people in Gaza with items such as winter kits clothing, blankets and other items to keep warm food parcels, cash assistance, and hygiene kits. Oxfam is an impartial organization with well-established procedures and controls to ensure that support reaches those who really need it, for example through reliable partner organizations who have many years of local knowledge. We at Oxfam are aware that theyt support that is able to arrive now is not enough.t for the over 2 million people in Gaza, which makes a permanent ceasefire even more important.

We are deeply concerned and outraged that some of the major donors have suspended support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the leading provider of assistance to Palestinians in Gaza and the region. This abrupt and arbitrary halt snatches away the lifeline for over 2 million people in Gaza, over half of whom are children. It is a collective punishment of an entire population.

This sanctioning of an entire organization based on allegations against a small number of individuals out of 13,000 employees in Gaza, is reckless and irresponsible when the immediate escalation of humanitarian aid is urgent.

We welcome UNRWA's prompt decision to launch an independent investigation by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), the highest investigative authority in the UN system. We strongly urge countries to reconsider their funding freeze, as the lives of over two million people in Gaza depend on this support.

UNRWA has over 800 facilities including schools, shelters and homes where displaced Palestinians are currently seeking shelter in Gaza.

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