Yet again civilians bear the brunt of the violence and destruction

HEKS/EPER provides 250,000 francs in humanitarian aid for Gaza Strip

The latest hostilities between the Palestinian Hamas and the Israeli army lasted 11 days. Although the weapons have at last fallen silent, this latest round of violence in the Middle East too has brought only death and destruction mainly to the civilian population on both sides. Once again, families and children are the principal victims of the bloody conflict. HEKS/EPER is therefore providing humanitarian aid worth 250,000 francs for people in need in the densely populated Gaza Strip.

Nothilfe für die notleidende Bevölkerung in Gaza
CIVITAS/HEKS

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the senseless bloodshed in the Middle East has once again claimed almost 300 lives on both sides. About half of them were uninvolved civilians, at least 66 children among them. Besides, roughly 1500 other civilians were injured in the course of the fighting, some severely.The bombing has also left a sequel of extensive destruction and despair principally in the densely populated Gaza Strip. About a hundred thousand people had to abandon their houses and apartments and seek temporary shelter and protection in schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) or with host families. Much civilian infrastructure was either extensively damaged or destroyed, including a health centre, a medical laboratory for Covid-19 testing, schools, water and sewage mains, as well as a storage facility for agricultural supplies.

To alleviate the extreme suffering of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip, HEKS/EPER is providing humanitarian aid to the tune of 250,000 francs. The money will be used among other things to provide psychological support and care for traumatised children and adolescents, as well as to fund support for 173 of the worst affected smallholder and cattle-rearing families in rebuilding their agricultural livelihoods; this will be done through an unconditional cash transfer programme involving cash payments of 600 francs each over three months.

Donations account No.: PC 80-1115-1. Please mention «Emergency aid for Gaza»

Dieter Wüthrich
Head of Media and Information Department
Dieter Wüthrich

Phone: +41 44 360 88 66
Mobile: +41 76 461 88 70
E-mail: dieter.wuethrich@heks.ch

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