24 July 2014
As fighting in Gaza and Israel continues, the British Red Cross has launched an appeal to fund vital help for people affected.
More than 600 people have died and almost 150,000 forced to flee their homes in more than two weeks of violence. As the conflict continues, 1.2 million people have no or limited access to water or sanitation.
Staff and volunteers from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have already been working around the clock in dangerous conditions to help people affected.
Donations to the appeal will help them continue giving essential support, which has so far included emergency health care such as treating the wounded, sending ambulances across the Gaza strip and bringing truckloads of medical supplies to hospitals. The Movement has also carried out vital repairs to water and sewage networks.
The Movement has also negotiated crucial pauses in the fighting, allowing civilians to evacuate some of the worst hit areas.
Katy Attfield, British Red Cross head of disaster management, said: “The violence in Gaza and Israel has devastated communities, and left many people in desperate need of help.
“Donations to the appeal will give them crucial support in the weeks and months ahead. Please give what you can.”