Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territory

Civilians continue to pay the highest price of the conflict. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is helping.

Last updated: 13 May 2024

From the attacks in Israel on the 7 October 2023, to the devastating humanitarian situation in Gaza, to the increasing tensions in the West Bank, we continue to witness relentless human suffering. We use Occupied Palestinian Territory to refer to Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

For over six months, we’ve seen countless families and communities torn apart by this conflict. This is a conflict that has had a devastating immediate impact on civilians and will have tragic consequences for millions of people for years to come. 

In Gaza, people face a catastrophic humanitarian situation as they experience an alarming lack of food, cannot access enough safe water and can’t access the medical care they need.

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Split to show both Palestinian Red Crescent responding in Gaza and Magen David Adom responding in Israel.

PHOTO: Palestine Red Crescent Society / Magen David Adom

Occupied Palestinian Territory in numbers

  • The death toll in Gaza is over 34,000. There have been over 400 fatalities in the West Bank.
  • Over 78,000 people have been injured in Gaza and nearly 5,000 in the West Bank. 
  • Over 75% of Gaza’s population have been displaced from their homes. 

Israel in numbers

  • The death toll in Israel is over 1,200, with more than 5,000 injured.
  • Over 100,000 people in Israel have been evacuated from their homes.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement response

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is finding it increasingly difficult, and sometimes impossible, to reach those that need their help in Gaza. It is imperative that humanitarian workers have unimpeded, sustained, and safe access to deliver aid and save lives.

Our colleagues at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) continue to urge the parties to the conflict to uphold international humanitarian law, and to take every possible measure to avoid civilian casualties and further harm. 

The International Committee of the Red Cross has repeatedly called for access to those held hostage, so that they can check on their wellbeing, deliver medicines, and allow them to exchange messages with loved ones. The ICRC has not yet had access to the hostages, which is a source of deep frustration and grave concern.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society ambulance crews, including paramedics, drivers, and first responders are also risking their lives every day to save others.

In Israel, the Magen David Adom is Israel's sole National Blood and Medical Emergency Service.

In Egypt, the Egyptian Red Crescent Society is facilitating all the aid delivered across the Rafah border.

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