1,200 Israelis have been killed and 5,431 injured. Israeli civilians, including women and children, have been forcibly taken.
In Gaza, as of 10 January, at least 26,751 Palestinians have been killed — more than 1 in 100. 70% are believed to be women and children. 59,410 Palestinians have also been injured.
Airstrikes have caused widespread destruction of homes, schools, healthcare facilities and telecommunication installations. With fuel for generators all but depleted, hospitals are ceasing to function and virtually all water and sanitation services have collapsed. All schools are closed, food supply is cut off and risking famine, and it's feared 1.9 million people have been displaced.
Until the UK government calls for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza and suspends its arms sales to Israel, it's complicit in the slaughter of innocent civilians taking place every day.
However, it's extremely dangerous to move around, and supplies of essentials are running perilously low.
Christian Aid is also working with Zochrot, an Israeli civil society organisation based in Tel Aviv, to provide trauma based psychological assistance to Israelis who have been affected by the escalation of violent conflict.
Your donations can make a huge difference to the current conditions of those affected.Please donate what you can to our Middle East Crisis Appeal
Gaza's ongoing humanitarian crisis
Even before this latest escalation of violence, the humanitarian need in Gaza has been acute for many years due to the 16-year-old blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt and a lack of effective government in Gaza.
Across the occupied Palestinian territories, there is a sense of lawlessness and Palestinians feel hopeless. Gaza’s residents are living in incredibly harsh conditions, with soaring unemployment and poverty rates and a reliance on food aid.
Despite this, the international community has failed to step in, hold all sides to account and work to ensure a peace that secures justice, dignity and prosperity for all.
A prayer for the Middle East
God, hear our prayers for peace in the Middle East.
May all people in the region be protected, safe from harm.
We pray that this crisis will end now, with no further loss of life.
God, may the injured and distressed know your healing presence.
May the powerful and the decision-makers follow the paths of justice, mercy and peace.
We pray for recognition of the dignity and value of every life.
May the clamour of violence cease,
Replaced by the beating of swords into ploughshares.
God, in your name,