Gaza: ActionAid calls for peace and humanitarian access

21 May 2021

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Responding to the ceasefire called in Gaza following 11 days and nights of violence, Ibrahim Ibraigheth, Country Director of ActionAid Palestine, says:

“This latest escalation in violence has left women and children most at risk. More than 91,000 Palestinians have been displaced, many have no homes to return to, schools and health centres have been destroyed, and hospitals are overwhelmed. The ceasefire will enable us to further assess the impact of the crisis and vital humanitarian relief must be allowed to reach the most vulnerable families.”

Mike Noyes, Deputy Director for Humanitarian Response at ActionAid UK, says:

“ActionAid calls for the international community to seek a resolution of the issues that led to the escalation of violence, notably the blockade of Gaza and the expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. As an independent, non-partisan, and human rights-focused organisation, we are committed to campaigning for a peaceful, lasting, and just solution to the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. Women and girls will suffer most if violence renews, and their rights are not protected.”

ActionAid Palestine's local staff are on the ground and are ready to respond when they can. Women and girls will be at the forefront of ActionAid's response providing food, medicine, blankets, hygiene kits and fuel.

You can donate to ActionAid’s crisis appeal to help the worst affected women and children. 

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ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty. Our dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls. We are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want.