Following the violence that escalated on the morning of Saturday October 7, at least 1,300 Israelis have been killed by militants and nearly 3,000 Palestinians have died in Gaza following days of airstrikes and bombardments by Israel.
The situation facing civilians in Gaza has been made even worse by a full siege, which is depriving more than two million people, half of whom are children, of food, water and electricity.
Why do civilians in Gaza need humanitarian aid?
Thousands have been injured and killed because of airstrikes that have caused widespread destruction of homes, schools, healthcare facilities and telecommunication installations.
Hospitals, already at breaking point, are now overwhelmed by casualties. With Gaza's only power plant run out of fuel, our partners have confirmed cuts are affecting hospitals, closing food supply to shops and access to water and sanitation services.
It’s thought that one million people, around half the population, have now been displaced inside Gaza, including over 300,000 people who are sheltering in UN-run schools.
One of our partners whose centre has been transformed into a shelter told us, 'We have been evacuated to Khan Yunis... It is not easy at all. This is the first time in my life I have experienced what it means to be a refugee. What it feels like to be evacuated from your home and not knowing when you will come back.'
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What will happen in Gaza without humanitarian access?
'Without humanitarian access, Christian Aid and our partners will be prevented from acting on the scale required. Aid can only reach those most in need in Gaza at scale once the crossings open and the bombs stop falling,' explains William Bell.
As the crisis continues to unfold, the people of Gaza are in need of:
However, right now, it's extremely dangerous to move around, and supplies of essentials are running perilously low. To respond at scale, we need unfettered humanitarian access.
Our established partners in Gaza are ready to respond with medical relief and community-led initiatives as soon as humanitarian access is allowed. Without it, thousands of people face serious illness and death, as supplies of food, health equipment and clean water run out.