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Thousands of people have been killed and over 1.9 million displaced after the escalation of violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.

Over 100 days since 7 October – since the escalation of violence across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory began.

In Gaza, 26,751 Palestinians have been killed. That's more than 1 in 100. In Israel, 1,200 people have been killed and civilians, including women and children, have been forcibly taken. Some have been released in a deal brokered by Qatar.

We need a full and permanent ceasefire now. There is no military solution to this conflict. Instead, we are seeing our worst fears realised of a pause bomb pause bomb scenario. This is dehumanising, unacceptable and offers little room for hope or the conditions to achieve a lasting peace.

- Julie Mehigan, Programme Manager for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory at Christian Aid.
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What’s happening? 

On the morning of Saturday 7 October 2023, Hamas launched a wave of rocket attacks and stormed into Israel.

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Feb 2024: In Gaza, 1.7 million people have been forced by the conflict to flee their homes. Despite being displaced themselves, our local partner staff are working to help others in urgent need, including by providing tents and hot meals in Rafah. Credit: Culture & Free Thought Association (CFTA)
Three men walking past tent shelters behind them in south Gaza in February 2024

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.

Contact your MP

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.

What's Christian Aid doing in response?

Christian Aid has been working with the poorest and most vulnerable people in the Middle East since the early 1950s, when we provided humanitarian relief to Palestinian refugees.

Our established partners in Gaza are responding as best they can, under intense pressure. They're responding with medical relief and community-led initiatives such as food, shelter, sanitation and cash. This includes building mobile bathrooms in four shelters to working with local farmers to get fresh vegetables for families that have left their homes to escape airstrikes.

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Food shortages are worst in northern Gaza as UN aid deliveries are blocked. Our partner Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC) is the only lifeline for many. Credit: Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC)
A man sits at a table looking through a piece of paper. Another man stands in front waiting for one of the many food parcels behind them. There is a sign on the wall that say’s “Urgent Humanitarian Support for the people of Gaza. Suppling food parcels (foodstuffs and vegetables).’ in English and Arabic. The Christian Aid and PARC logos are in the corners of the banner.

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

Following atrocities against Israeli civilians last weekend, Israel's military response in Gaza is now creating an escalating humanitarian crisis that threatens more than 2 million people. After 16 years of closures and sporadic conflict, the people in Gaza were already experiencing very high levels of poverty, unemployment, and violence and insecurity.

- William Bell, Christian Aid’s Head of Middle East Policy & Advocacy.

Latest news and stories

Struggles facing families in Gaza

Ahmed, Christian Aid’s consultant in Gaza, on the struggles people face in Gaza and their hopes for a ceasefire.

Standing for peace: MPs urged to act for Gaza ceasefire

It's imperative that the UK Government takes action to support an immediate and permanent ceasefire.

UK complicity must end

Our public letter calling out the UK's complicity in the slaughter of civilians in Gaza.

Ceasefire Now: a call for peace

Only a permanent ceasefire can deliver sufficient aid and demonstrate our collective sense of humanity.

Diary from a warzone

Dima shares her life inside a displacement camp in Gaza.

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

Middle East Crisis Action

Join us in calling on the UK Government to do all it can to ensure peace.

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,

Amen

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Middle East Crisis - Resources for a Prayer Vigil

Resources to help you and your church pray in response to the current crisis in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Prayer for peace and justice

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