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Red Cross brings water and health care as Gaza conflict continues

22 July 2014

Men and women run holding a stretcher

For more than two weeks, staff and volunteers have been working relentlessly to help people caught up in the fighting in Gaza.

Members of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement  have co-ordinated the movement of ambulances and emergency services to affected areas and people in need, as well as protection and assistance for vital civilian infrastructure and services such as water pipelines and hospitals.

On Sunday the Movement used its neutral status to broker a suspension of hostilities in Shuja'iyya, where dozens of people were reported dead and over 200 wounded. The break allowed ambulances to reach the area and civilians to evacuate in search of safety.

Since the conflict began, staff and volunteers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Palestine Red Crescent Society have worked around the clock in dangerous conditions to provide urgent medical care.

Water network repairs help tens of thousands

Last week Guillaume Pierrehumbert, ICRC water and sanitation expert, said: “Safe drinking water is becoming increasingly scarce in the [Gaza] Strip, just as temperatures are soaring. Water is becoming contaminated and sewage is overflowing, bringing a serious risk of disease.

In recent days, ICRC teams have helped the authorities conduct essential emergency repairs to water and sanitation infrastructure in Gaza, improving the situation for over 90,000 people, but bolder action is urgently required."

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