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HI provides aid in 98 shelters in Gaza

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HI and partners have provided aid to more than 3,500 people since October 7 in Gaza.

HI volunteers conduct recreational activities for displaced children in a collective shelter in Southern Gaza

HI volunteers conduct recreational activities for displaced children in a collective shelter in Southern Gaza | © HI

Since October 7 and the escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas, at least 18,787 Palestinians have been killed about 50,100 injured in Gaza by continuous bombing by Israeli forces. This devastating toll comes after a massive attack launched by Hamas on October 7, killing 1,200 Israelis and taking hostage 240 Israelis and foreign nationals.

HI Country Director Danila Zizi for Occupied Palestinian territories explains the humanitarian response provided by HI in Gaza since October 7.

HI with displaced people

HI emergency activities remain concentrated in emergency shelters for displaced persons. With the efforts of our 100 staff and volunteers, we have been able to reach all 98 shelters that have been set up in Gaza and assess the humanitarian needs of more than 5,000 displaced people.

Distribution in case of crisis

So far, HI has distributed almost all of its three stocks of assistive devices and items for emergency situation in southern Gaza: We have distributed 575 wheelchairs, crutches, etc., for people who are wounded or with disabilities. Additionally, we provided 309 wound dressings to families to help them to treat light injuries that do not require a doctor.

We also distributed 88 kitchen sets, 85 dignity kits, 1,264 diapers, and 81 baby blankets to displaced families who have evacuated their houses, some multiple times, without their personal belongings, and now remain in shelters. We were able to organize the same distribution in the West Bank, where we provided 470 dignity care and hygiene kits to displaced families from Gaza.

With our partners, overall, we were able to distribute humanitarian aid to up to 3,500 people.

Recreational activities and risk education

We have conducted 67 recreational activities in shelters for up to 29,000 people, the vast majority being children. These activities, consisting of games, songs, drawing etc., are important to alleviate children's anxiety and provide them a moment of normality.

More than 11,115 children and adults participated in our risk education and preparedness for conflict sessions. 900 leaflets were distributed, and an SMS was sent to 500,000 people just a few days after the beginning of the violence reminding the best practice to protect oneself in context of armed conflict. These sessions are crucial as they provide information about the dangers caused by the presence of explosive remnants following bombing and instruct the public on how to protect themselves. They also offer tips on the best ways to protect oneself during an attack.

A long-term response

We are exploring the possibilities to scale up our response in Gaza. We are organizing a large shipment of humanitarian supplies from Egypt to Gaza in the coming days. We are considering working in host communities and houses, supporting emergency rehabilitation care in hospitals or using mobile teams for rehabilitation and psychosocial support to cover more locations…

We will also gradually expand the number of our teams. 100 people from HI and partners are already working for our activities in Gaza.

We know that even if violence ends today, our response to the crisis in Gaza will be in the long run.

About HI in Palestine

HI launched its first project in Palestine in 1996. For the last 27 years, our teams have been responding to the needs of the Palestinian community – both in West Bank and Gaza – across several sectors. HI Palestine is running projects in Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction, Physical and Functional Rehabilitation, Economic Inclusion and Economic Recovery, and Inclusive Education.

Date published: 18/12/23

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