Why we're calling for an end to the violence in Gaza | ActionAid UK

We’ve all been watching the news about what’s been happening in Gaza with growing dismay over the last few weeks. It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of this ongoing crisis, but we can make a difference by campaigning and calling for action.

Palestinians inspect destroyed houses in the Shejaia neighbourhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes, in Gaza City July 26, 2014.

Since 2007, ActionAid has been working to support marginalised communities in the wider occupied Palestinian territory.

In this current escalation of violence ActionAid believes that the killing, destruction and displacement must end. Israel must stop all attacks on Palestinians. Armed groups in Gaza must stop launching rockets into Israel.

Everyday we are seeing the human cost of the violence that is unfolding. Grace Nicolas, a colleague from ActionAid Australia who recently visited the region wrote:

“The carnage in Gaza is destroying the lives of women like my friends, and their families. Hospitals are running on reserve fuel supplies and people are without access to clean drinking water. It is unthinkable that it is necessary to remind the world that they are people. Is it because we can’t hear the bombs from our homes?”

Not only is the current violence terrible, indiscriminate targeting of civilians is also illegal under international law.

International action can help. We know that the recent public outcry has been making a difference. We have to keep up the pressure.