8 August 2014
The sick and wounded, as well as people left homeless and distressed, are still getting vital help from the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Gaza.
PRCS teams gave more than 38 wounded Palestinians first aid and transport to hospital on 4 and 5 August. The organisation’s Al Quds and Al Amal hospitals have treated many of the casualties from the fighting. Since the conflict began, more than 6,000 people have been treated in PRCS hospitals. Health workers are also visiting shelters in Gaza city. On August 4 and 5, they helped 518 people.
PRCS Counsellors are giving people forced from their homes emotional support. This is happening in eight schools and other public buildings. Since the conflict began, the service has helped 5,430 people – including about 1,800 aged 17 and under.
The organisation has also given blankets, mattresses, toiletries, kitchen sets, water and clothes to more than 8,000 families across Gaza.
Staff and volunteers under fire
Since the outbreak of hostilities in the Gaza Strip, two PRCS volunteers have been killed and more than 46 emergency workers injured. 27 ambulances, clearly displaying the protective emblems of the Red Crescent, have been damaged or destroyed.
In recent days a PRCS compound in Khan Younis in which 250 people were sheltering came under attack. Five people were injured. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has reminded all parties of their obligation to respect and protect medical personnel, ambulances and facilities, as provided for under international humanitarian law.