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URGENT: Gaza Crisis Appeal

Gaza is on the brink of famine. Please donate now and help us prepare to deliver food, clean water and other lifesaving aid.

What is happening in the region?

The conflict in Gaza has been going on for over half a year – half a year of families living without their homes, their loved ones or the basic supplies they need to survive.

Since the violence began, 2.3 million people in Gaza have lived under siege without the food, clean water and sanitation supplies they need. Now, extreme food shortages are leaving thousands of families at risk of famine.

To date, Oxfam and partners have been able to support almost 300,000 people to access lifesaving aid including clean water, food, sanitation facilities, cash assistance and more. But the number of those in need is vast and continues to climb every day. We call for an immediate ceasefire so more humanitarian aid can safely reach families who are living this unfathomable reality.

Donate today and help us prepare to deliver food, clean water and other lifesaving aid. We cannot forget the people of Gaza.

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14 May 2024

"We literally don't have any other option or place to move to"

An Oxfam staff member based in Gaza shares his account of what life is in Gaza right now:

“We were forced to evacuate from Rafah East to the Al-Mawasi area six days ago. This is our sixth relocation since October 7th. I am happy that I found a good place for my three kids, but I am still worried about them as there is no safe place anywhere, including Al-Mawasi. After seven months of displacement and movement, my wife and children finally feel relatively safe at the guest house. We are still hoping to go back to Gaza North to our destroyed house.

Fortunately, we have sufficient food and water for 10-14 days. However, the goods in the market are too expensive and not affordable for most families sheltering in tents in the area. We are around 50 individuals living in a house that generally serves only 20 people. We share the available resources using the same toilets and kitchen. Domestic water quantity is very limited as there is no electricity to pump water. Drinking water supplies are also limited, so most families purchase water at high prices. There was no drinking water to buy in the last two days, even at a high price.

We hear many explosions every day, 2-3 strong explosions each hour. We haven’t slept well for the last seven months. Currently, in Al-Mawasi, we still sleep in fear, and we walk up several times because of airstrikes. We are also worried about being forced to move again, and we literally don’t have any other option or place to move to.”

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13 May 2024

Epidemic risk rising as Rafah invasion compounds lethal cocktail of over-crowding, sewage and hunger

The destruction of critical water and sanitation infrastructure by the Israeli forces along with severe over-crowding, malnutrition and heat is pushing Gaza to the brink of a deadly epidemic outbreak. The situation is further compounded by the Israeli invasion of Rafah which has forced over 350,000 people to flee to already overcrowded shelters and camps, and food and fuel are running out with the closure of border crossings.

At least five of its life-saving water and sanitation projects in the Gaza Strip had been severely damaged or destroyed in the Israeli attacks since 7 October. Oxfam staff in Gaza have described piles of human waste and rivers of sewage in the streets, which people are having to jump between. They also reported people having to drink dirty water and children being bitten by insects swarming around the sewage.

Conditions are ripe for the outbreak of epidemics including Hepatitis A and cholera, which thrive in overcrowded places lacking proper sanitation. Soaring temperatures are also increasing health risks.

Gaza: Duaa Abu Sabha is filling water bottles from Oxfam's water tank, which was installed in the Al-Mawasi area of Khan Yunis Governorate. Photo: Alef Multimedia/Oxfam

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27 Apr 2024

"A hazardous environment that further endangers the lives of those already suffering"

Dr. Mohammad, our local partner Juzoor, gives highlights on the recent heatwave and the impact of that on the people of Gaza, especially IDPs:

“The current summer poses a significant risk for the proliferation of epidemics, especially considering the unacceptable living conditions endured by displaced individuals who lack even the most fundamental human necessities. Tragically, the scorching temperatures on April 25th claimed the lives of several children in the Rafah tents. One such heartbreaking case was that of Malak Yazji, a five-month-old baby who passed away in her family’s cramped tent. These tents, which consist of a closed leather cover spanning no more than two meters by three meters, offer no ventilation, effectively transforming into suffocating tombs when temperatures rise. Moreover, the lack of proper cooking facilities has resulted in some individuals sustaining injuries from accidental fires.

Insects have also become a pressing issue, swarming and crawling amidst the perspiration-soaked inhabitants. The recent death in one of these tents has only added to the growing concerns about the spread of diseases in Gaza. The region is grappling with severe overcrowding and a lack of proper wastewater management, particularly evident in the vicinity of temporary shelters. The combination of these factors has created a hazardous environment that further endangers the lives of those already suffering.”

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03 Apr 2024

People in northern Gaza forced to survive on 245 calories a day, less than a can of beans – Oxfam

People in northern Gaza have been forced to survive on an average of 245 calories (1025 kilojoules) a day – less than a can of beans – since January, as Israeli forces continue their military onslaught. Over 300,000 people are believed to still be trapped there, unable to leave. 

The miniscule amount of food represents less than 12 per cent of the recommended daily 2,100 calorie intake needed per person, calculated using demographic data considering variations by age and gender. Last week, the Israeli government told UNRWA, by far the largest aid provider in Gaza, that its convoys would no longer be allowed into the north.

A mother trapped in northern Gaza said: “Before the war, we were in good health and had strong bodies. Now, looking at my children and myself, we have lost so much weight since we do not eat any proper food, we are trying to eat whatever we find – edible wild plants or herbs daily just to survive.” 

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26 Mar 2024

"We live in starvation": Jomana from North Gaza

Jomana Elkhalili, Oxfam’s MEAL Assistant from Gaza in her own words, she shares the harsh reality of life amid the ongoing conflict. With no end in sight, survival is a daily struggle.

Basic necessities like food, water, and electricity are scarce. As an aid worker, Jomana feels helpless, unable to provide for her community or even her own family. Yet, amidst the chaos, she holds onto dreams of peace and a return to a simpler life. This is her story.

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26 Mar 2024

"Each time I head to the field, my family bids me farewell with prayers"

37 year old, Executive Director of Projects at Atfaluna for Deaf Society in Rafah. She expresses profound sorrow about the ongoing war in Gaza, which has persisted for five months.

As a dreamer and dedicated professional in a leading institution providing services to individuals with disabilities, Shurrab’s commitment to her work is unwavering despite the challenges posed by the conflict. Since the outbreak of war in October, she, like many Gazans, has experienced multiple displacements, travelling from Gaza City to Khan Yunis, then through Rafah, and finally reaching Deir al-Balah. “The suffering is immense. Every aspect of life during wartime is fraught with hardship. Access to essentials like food, water, and electricity, compounded by overcrowding, has become a struggle”.

Gaza: Fidaa Shurrab, Director of Projects at Atfaluna for Deaf Society in Rafah stands in front of a destroyed building in Gaza strip while going to work. Photo: Alef Multimedia/Oxfam

Throughout the conflict, Shurrab has continued her work with Atfaluna for Deaf Society, braving the risks and adversities. “Each time I head to the field, my family bids me farewell with prayers and cautionary advice, fearing the relentless bombings,” she shared. “I, too, carry apprehension, mindful of the constant threat of Israeli airstrikes.”

However, Shurrab remains steadfast in her belief in the critical role of civil society organisations during times of crisis. “I am deeply committed to my work, recognising that the true essence of civil society organisations is manifested during times of war and emergencies, not just during periods of calm”.

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19 Mar 2024

Gaza hunger figures “worst on record” - says Oxfam

In reaction to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report published today on Gaza stating that famine is imminent in Northern Gaza and, if Israel persists in its hostilities and restricting humanitarian access, there is a real risk of famine for the rest of the enclave, Sally Abi Khalil, Oxfam’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Director, said:

“This new report shows that the catastrophic levels of hunger and starvation in Gaza are the highest ever recorded on the IPC scale, both in terms of number of people and percentage of the population. Never before have we seen such rapid deterioration into widespread starvation.

“Northern Gaza is days away from famine and the rest of Gaza faces a similar fate. Children are already dying of malnutrition and starvation under the gaze of the international community. Since December, the number of people in Gaza who have plunged into catastrophic levels of hunger, has nearly doubled.

“Oxfam’s report today shows how Israel is causing these horrifying figures, by deliberately blocking food and aid from going into Gaza. It has been using starvation as a weapon of war for over five months now. The humanitarian situation in Gaza has actually worsened since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) specifically ordered Israel to enable more aid.  Israel’s deliberate manufacturing of suffering is systemic and of such scale and intensity that it creates a real risk of a genocide in Gaza.

“We cannot wait for a declaration of famine to stop these appalling atrocities and massively scale up humanitarian operations.

“Israel cannot starve and bomb Gaza into a solution. Only an immediate permanent ceasefire and a political solution, including ending the occupation and release of all hostages and illegally held prisoners, can bring a lasting peace with justice for both Palestinians and Israelis alike.”

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18 Mar 2024

Israel government continues to block aid response despite ICJ genocide court ruling, says Oxfam

Israeli authorities have rejected a warehouse full of international aid including oxygen, incubators and Oxfam water and sanitation gear all of which is now stockpiled at Al Arish just 40 km away from the border of 2.3 million desperate Palestinians in Gaza.

The aid originates from many humanitarian organisations around the world and has been rejected over weeks and months as result of an unpredictable and chaotic regime of approval, scanning and inspection, ultimately controlled by Israeli authorities. The reasons for rejection are not clear, says Oxfam.

In a new report today, Oxfam said this rejected aid was just one example of an overall humanitarian response that Israel has made so dangerous and dysfunctional as to be impossible for aid agencies to work at the speed and scale necessary to save lives, despite best efforts.

Oxfam says that Israel’s government ultimately bears accountability for the breakdown of the international response to the crisis in Gaza. It is failing in its legal responsibilities to the people whose land it occupies and breaking one of the key provisions demanded by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) – to boost humanitarian aid in light of the risk of genocide in Gaza.

Oxfam believes that people living in Gaza will suffer mass death from disease and starvation far beyond the current 31,000 Palestinian war casualties unless Israel takes immediate steps to end its violations.

Gaza: Food parcels Oxfam and MA’AN Development Center distributed to 1620 households in Gaza while being in Oxfam's Warehouse in Khan Younis before distribution. Photo: Wassem Mushtaha/Oxfam

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15 Mar 2024

Oxfam Australia reaction to Australian Government’s reinstatement of funding to UNRWA

Oxfam Australia welcomes the announcement that the Australian Government will reinstate critical funding for the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA). Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said the reinstatement was long overdue given the escalating crisis in Gaza.  

“While we welcome the decision to reinstate funding to UNRWA, it is long overdue. This critical, life-saving body is close to running out of the funds required to support millions of people in need of aid in Gaza, as the humanitarian situation worsens and the conflict continues. 

“While Oxfam is able to support some local partner organisations who are still managing – against all odds – to deliver some amounts of life-saving aid, it is impossible for agencies to provide the full-scale humanitarian response that is desperately needed. 

“The Australian Government must uphold its obligations under the Genocide Convention by doing everything in its power to ensure the necessary volumes of aid can enter Gaza as swiftly as swiftly as possible – and that means by land.”

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14 Mar 2024

Gaza: Airdrops and sea routes are no alternative to aid delivery by land

Human rights and humanitarian organisations present on the ground in the Gaza Strip have reiterated since the start of the current escalation that the only way to meet the unprecedented humanitarian needs in the enclave is to secure an immediate and permanent ceasefire and to ensure full, safe and unhindered humanitarian access through all land crossings. States cannot hide behind airdrops and efforts to open a maritime corridor to create the illusion that they are doing enough to support the needs in Gaza: their primary responsibility is to prevent atrocity crimes from unfolding and apply effective political pressure to end the relentless bombardment and the restrictions which prevent the safe delivery of humanitarian aid.

For months, every person in the Gaza Strip has been surviving with crisis-level hunger, in the largest proportion of any population in food security crisis ever recorded by the Integrated Food Security and Nutrition Phase Classification (IPC). Families have been drinking unsafe water for months and spend days without eating. The health system completely collapsed amid disease outbreaks and severe injuries due to constant bombardment. At least 20 children have recently died from severe malnutrition, dehydration and related diseases. As each day witnesses an acceleration in the deterioration of the food, water and health situation, more deaths from starvation and disease are to follow if humanitarian access continues to be impeded by Israeli authorities. The UN has warned that famine is imminent.

Gaza: Internally displaced people in Rafah filling desalinated water provided by Oxfam in partnership with the Youth Empowerment Center. Photo: Wassem Mushtaha/Oxfam

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27 Feb 2024

Seasonal farming production destroyed and lost in northern Gaza amid mounting fears of worsening hunger and starvation

Gaza farmers’ two-month-long “golden time” of agricultural production has been destroyed by Israel’s military bombing and sealing of northern Gaza, ruining the enclave’s richest farmlands which are one of its biggest sources of fruit and vegetables.

With Israel’s actions also severely restricting humanitarian aid, the loss of local agricultural production is worsening malnutrition and hunger, leading to starvation and fears of worst to come for the 300,000 people estimated still now living in northern Gaza.

Oxfam’s partner organisation, the Palestinian Agricultural Development Association (PARC) – one of the biggest local organisations focused on agricultural support – estimates that nearly a quarter of northern Gaza’s farm holdings were completely destroyed by Israel forces, which razed greenhouses and buildings and 70% of Gaza’s fishing fleets in the initial days of bombings and incursion.

Malnutrition is rife and there are reports of death by starvation. Oxfam partners talk of people drinking toilet water, eating wild plants, using animal fodder to make bread, and they speak about “catastrophic hunger” and their fear of famine without some breakthrough in access, aid and security.

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27 Feb 2024

Support for Gaza ceasefire and more government action surges in Australian community as aid agencies call for urgent support

Four in five Australians are in favour of a ceasefire in Gaza (81%), and a majority (53%) support the Australian Government taking more action to achieve that goal, new polling has found.

The YouGov polling also found support for a ceasefire is high across the political spectrum, and that the Gaza crisis remains an issue of deep concern, with almost one in three (30%) saying they would take it into consideration when deciding their vote at the next federal election.

The number of people in favour of a ceasefire has increased by almost 30% since a similar poll was conducted in November.

Humanitarian agencies including Plan International Australia, Oxfam Australia, Caritas Australia, Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, ActionAid Australia and Baptist World Aid commissioned the polling to highlight the massive and growing concern in the Australian community about the drawn out and devastating war in Gaza.

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19 Feb 2024

Rafah, Gaza: Urgent Statement from CEOs of Humanitarian & Human Rights Organisations

We are appalled by the harrowing developments in Rafah, Gaza’s most populated area where 1.5 million people are sheltering as their last resort – over half a million of them children. If Israel launches its proposed ground offensive, thousands more civilians will be killed and the current trickle of humanitarian aid risks coming to a complete halt. If this military plan is not stopped immediately, the consequences will be catastrophic.

With significant damage to over 70 per cent of civilian infrastructure, many areas in Gaza have been reduced to rubble and are uninhabitable. Most hospitals are non-functional or only partially operational and are completely overwhelmed. There is little food, clean water, shelter, or sanitation. People are living in the most inhumane conditions, many of them out in the open. It defies belief that the Israeli military has forcibly displaced the majority of the population from their homes into Rafah – with six times as many people than before now squeezed into the area – and then announced plans to attack it.

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15 Feb 2024

Desalination units providing clean water to people in Gaza

Gaza’s water and sanitation systems are shattered. Water supply is estimated to be at 7 to 17% of what it was before the recent escalation of the conflict. With sanitary conditions severely deteriorating, there’s a major risk of widespread outbreak of diseases.

In response, Oxfam and Palestinian Environment Friends will be providing essential and lifesaving water, sanitation & hygiene services to displaced individuals across Rafah and Khan Younes. Our goal is to deliver a minimum of 3 litres per day to a population of 25,600 using advanced desalination technology.

At the end of January, the first desalination unit came into operation, and desperately needed clean water is already reaching Gazans. In addition to further desalination units, there are plans to deliver water tanks, toilets, showers, handwashing stations and other essential items to reduce the risk of disease.

An Oxfam water container is filled with clean water in Gaza. Displaced People in Rafah in South Gaza to use the newly installed desalination units Oxfam and local partners provided. These units provide clean drinking water for free with no risk of contamination.

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13 Feb 2024

Oxfam reaction to the Dutch court’s decision to stop military exports to Israel

Oxfam Novib, together with PAX, and the Rights Forum organisations, has won a lawsuit against the Dutch Government for exporting arms to Israel that are being used in the war in Gaza. The Dutch Court ordered the government of Netherlands to stop supplying F35 fighter jet parts to Israel within seven days, due to the clear risk of serious violations of international humanitarian law. The decision comes following the three organisations’ appeal to the court case against the Dutch government for supplying Israel with military equipment despite knowing they are used to commit war crimes in Gaza. The judge concluded, based on reports from Amnesty and the UN, that many civilians, including children, are being targeted.

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30 Jan 2024

UNRWA funding cuts threaten Palestinian lives in Gaza and region, say 20 NGOs

Oxfam, together with 19 other aid organisations, is deeply concerned and outraged that some of the largest donors have suspended funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the main aid provider for millions of Palestinians in Gaza and the region. The aid cuts come amid a rapidly worsening humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.

The suspension of funding by donor states will impact life-saving assistance for over two million civilians, over half of whom are children, who rely on UNRWA aid in Gaza. The population faces starvation, looming famine and an outbreak of disease under Israel’s continued indiscriminate bombardment and deliberate deprivation of aid in Gaza.

We welcome UNRWA’s swift investigation into the alleged involvement of a small number of UN staff members in the October 7th attacks. We are shocked by the reckless decision to cut a lifeline for an entire population by some of the very countries that had called for aid in Gaza to be stepped up and for humanitarians to be protected while doing their job. This decision comes as the International Court of Justice ordered immediate and effective action to ensure the provision of humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza.

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27 Jan 2024

Reaction to ICJ court statement on South Africa’s case against Israel

In reaction to today’s statement by the International Court of Justice order to South Africa’s court case, which requests Israel to take all measures within its power to prevent and punish the commission of all acts in relation to the articles of the Genocide Convention, Sally Abi-Khalil, Oxfam Regional Director for the Middle East said:

“Oxfam welcomes the ICJ’s order and provisional measures as a crucial step towards recognising the ongoing atrocities in Gaza and stopping the bloodshed and unimaginable horrors that 2.3 million Palestinians have already endured.

“After more than 100 days of indiscriminate bombing in which it has killed more than 25,000 people, sparked a horrific mass displacement of civilians, weaponised starvation and systemically denied them adequate aid, the Israeli government must immediately abide by the court ruling.

“All States – particularly those supporting Israel with military weapons in spite of the clear risk of them being used to commit war crimes – must equally respect the court’s ruling and refrain from any actions that undermine it.

“Palestinians should not have to endure another day of this suffering. We urge all countries to do all in their power to ensure an immediate ceasefire, ensuring those responsible for violations on both sides are held accountable, and to end Israel’s decades-long occupation of Palestinian territory.”

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16 Jan 2024

“It eats at my bones": A first-hand account from a young man in Gaza

A young man in Gaza has shared his experiences living through the conflict:

“Just imagine, 1.8 million displaced civilians crammed into the south, an area already densely populated. Our brains can’t process it anymore – the dead bodies, the explosions, it’s too much … Aid is scarce … Daily, there are fights for food and water … Our only pastime has become looking at the stars, when they’re visible, and queuing for aid. The constant buzz of the zanana (drone) is unbearable. You don’t understand, it eats at my bones. It’s so loud, constantly interrupting sleep and conversation. It’s like someone shouting at you all the time.    

Where I’m staying now, we have nothing – no food, no electricity, no water … Even basic needs like using the bathroom become a challenge without water … I’ve been using garlic cloves to treat my fever and flu because medicine is nowhere to be found. Yes, I still hold onto hope. This war has progressed through many phases, and now we’re in this brutal stage of survival.  

Yet, we find ways to cope. We joke, we sing. It’s grim, and we know it might take years for people to return home, for hospitals and schools to function again. There’s a sense of hope about returning home, but the path to recovery is daunting.”

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12 Jan 2024

Daily death rate in Gaza higher than any other major 21st Century conflict

Israel’s military is killing Palestinians at an average rate of 250 people a day which massively exceeds the daily death toll of any other major conflict of recent years, as the escalation of hostilities nears its 100th day. 

In addition, over 1,200 people were killed in the horrific attacks by Hamas and other armed groups in Israel on 7 October and 330 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank since then. 

Sally Abi Khalil, Oxfam’s Middle East Director, said:

“The scale and atrocities that Israel is visiting upon Gaza are truly shocking. For 100 days the people of Gaza have endured a living hell. Nowhere is safe and the entire population is at risk of famine.”

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04 Jan 2024

Oxfam and partners to deliver water and sanitation supplies in Gaza

Gaza’s water and sanitation systems are shattered, and the risk of widespread outbreak of diseases is high. In response, Oxfam and Palestinian Environment Friends are planning to provide essential and lifesaving water, sanitation & hygiene services to at least 25,600 displaced individuals across Rafah and Khan Younes. The security situation continues to pose delays and challenges as we deliver aid, making it impossible to provide a response at the necessary scale.

Gaza: Oxfam staff and partner members deliver folding commodes to shelters in Rafah and Khan Younis. Photo: Alef Multimedia/Oxfam

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29 Dec 2023

“I am exhausted and overwhelmed”

An Oxfam staff member in Gaza has shared their experiences living in Gaza through the continuing conflict: 

“I feel hopeless, disappointed, and afraid for most of the day. I experience frequent panic and find myself easily getting angry. I desperately want this war to end. During the night, drones hover closely overhead, and there are continuous airstrikes occurring everywhere. Each time an airstrike hits, I feel the ground shake beneath me. Indiscriminate artillery shells are also dangerously close to us, and our house has been hit three times, each strike hitting a different location. I constantly worry about the consequences if I were to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, fearing that I would be torn apart. I am exhausted and overwhelmed.”

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23 Dec 2023

UN Security Council’s failure to call for a ceasefire “utterly callous”

In reaction to the UN Security Council’s passing of a watered-down resolution instead of calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, Oxfam Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Sally Abi-Khalil said: 

“The failure to call for a ceasefire after five days of deliberate delays and dilutions of the resolution is incomprehensible, and utterly callous. It is a profound dereliction of duty from an organisation established to uphold the UN Charter to maintain peace, and protect lives. 

“It actively denies over two million Palestinians – many of whom are now starving as a risk of famine looms – respite from the relentless bombardment and siege they have endured for nearly two and half months.”

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11 Dec 2023

“There is no safe place in Gaza”

Oxfam staff in Gaza speak of young children asking their parents to pack their clothes into separate bags for their next displacement under fire, in case their parents are killed. People are now fighting over basic necessities like food, water and fuel. An Oxfam partner told us today: 

“This is one of the most difficult days and wars that we have experienced. If you look anywhere around, you will find displaced people, injured people, people sleeping in the streets, and even we face many difficulties in distributing aid because there is no safe place in Gaza. Every area can be dangerous, each and every place can be bombed at any moment.” 

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07 Dec 2023

Abject failure to forge ceasefire means international community complicit in unfolding catastrophe in Gaza

The Israeli military onslaught in southern Gaza is causing destruction, danger, and civilian terror and suffering at such a scale that makes any humanitarian response impossible across the entire enclave. 

Oxfam says that many within the international community – particularly Israel’s state supporters – are complicit in the mass death, forcible displacement, starvation and deprivation being inflicted upon more than 2 million people being penned and moved around Israeli designated target zones in Gaza, both in the besieged north and now throughout the entrapped south. 

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05 Dec 2023

Oxfam and partners begin to deliver food, hygiene kits, cash assistance and more

The brief humanitarian pause over the past week saw vital aid enter Gaza. Oxfam has been working with our partners to begin to deliver:

  • Hygiene kits containing items such as soap, wipes, menstrual hygiene products and cleaning supplies
  • Food including hot meals and vegetable baskets
  • Cash assistance for families to use on essential goods
  • Family health packages and other critical non-food items
  • Protection services for people at risk, including gender-based violence survivors

The humanitarian pause is now over, and Gaza is once again being bombarded, placing millions of lives in danger.

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02 Dec 2023

Oxfam reaction to renewal of hostilities in Gaza; humanitarian pause ends

Reacting to news today that the humanitarian pause agreed between the Government of Israel and Hamas has ended, with renewed hostilities, Oxfam Humanitarian Director Marta Valdes Garcia said: 

“The humanitarian pause brought a short respite from airstrikes, bombs and terror but it was never going to be enough to give trapped Palestinians sufficient amounts of food, water, basic services, safety and hope that they desperately needed. Now it has ended, Oxfam fears for the lives and futures of more than 2 million Gazans who again face death from renewed missiles and bombs, and from starvation and thirst and disease, and also for Israeli civilians, as the cycle of violence continues.” 

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28 Nov 2023

Aid agencies ramp up calls on PM and Minister Wong for permanent ceasefire as pause in Gaza extended by two days

As a four-day humanitarian pause ends in Gaza with an extension of two days, aid agencies supporting humanitarian work there are stepping up calls on Prime Minister Albanese and Minister Wong to push for an immediate and permanent ceasefire.

Even with the brief break in fighting, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said access has remained incredibly difficult to the war-torn Gaza Strip.

“A four-day pause allows us to deliver a drop of aid into an ocean of need – it is woefully inadequate given the scale of suffering and destruction in Gaza. And while welcome, just two extra days is not sufficient. For seven weeks, Gazans, including 33 Oxfam staff, have been living under constant bombardment and the amount of aid supplies reaching them has been significantly lower than requirements for survival,” she said.

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24 Nov 2023

Babies dying from preventable causes in besieged Gaza

The collapse of Gaza’s hospitals and healthcare system, coupled with the catastrophic living conditions, is resulting in babies dying of preventable causes. Without essential equipment and medical support, premature and underweight babies have little to no chance of survival.

Newborns up to three months old are dying of diarrhoea, hypothermia, dehydration and infection as mothers have little to no medical support and are living in appalling conditions without water, sanitation, heat or food.

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21 Nov 2023

Hygiene kits being distributed in the South Gaza Strip

Oxfam and The Palestinian Environment Friends, its local partner in Gaza, have begun to distribute hygiene kits in the South Gaza Strip as part of Oxfam’s Emergency response to the crisis.

These hygiene kits include items such as soap, wipes, menstrual hygiene products and cleaning supplies, which can help avoid the spread of potentially deadly diseases.

Gaza: Distribution of hygiene kits in the South Gaza Strip as part of the emergency response. Photo: Palestinian Environment Friends (PEF)/ Oxfam

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20 Nov 2023

Food, water and internet in scarce supply

An Oxfam staff member has shared some of the harrowing conditions residents are facing right now on the Gaza Strip:

“Basic humanitarian needs are very scarce and, when available, super expensive. We walk miles to get water and buy it for triple the regular price … Most bakeries are either bombed or out of capacity. Wheat flour is like gold now, or even diamond, very rare to find and very expensive after the last standing gristmill or flour mill was bombed, so bread is now a rare commodity. Showers are a luxury and a privilege we can barely afford. Warm meals are available once per 3 days made on a woodfire because gas is completely not available for days, if not weeks, now … Mobile networks are down most of the day, the internet is very weak when available, and we still fall under blackouts at night.”

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15 Nov 2023

Fuel has run out, stalling humanitarian operations in Gaza

On Monday 13 November 2023, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced that their last remaining fuel reservoir had been exhausted, rendering an aid response impossible and accelerating the current humanitarian catastrophe to unimaginable proportions.

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11 Nov 2023

Attacks on hospitals is abhorrent

In response to the escalation of attacks on hospitals in Gaza, Sally Abi Khalil, Oxfam’s Middle East Regional Director, said:

“Attacks on hospitals packed with civilians in need of urgent treatment and seeking shelter are abhorrent and can never be justified. Children receiving care for cancer, people on respirators, patients in intensive care cannot flee the violence. Indiscriminately firing on civilians in hospitals is not just a war crime, it’s an assault on humanity.

“World leaders must stop sitting on the sidelines, wringing their hands. We need an immediate ceasefire to end the relentless bloodshed and to prevent the shattering of even more lives.”

06 Nov 2023

Oxfam working with local partners to distribute aid

Oxfam has been addressing the emergency needs in Gaza in collaboration with local partners:

  • As of October 18, 1,134 individuals received cash assistance through PalPay.
  • The Palestinian Medical Relief Society distributed 400 Hygiene Kits.
  • The Cultural and Free Thought Association provided cash assistance through PalPay to 228 families.
  • Oxfam procured 27,1000 food kits, which were hand-delivered by CFTA, Al Bayader, and Palestinian Environmental Friends to informal shelters in Rafah and Khan Younis.

Gaza: Distribution of hygiene kits in the South Gaza Strip as part of the emergency response. Photo: Palestinian Environment Friends (PEF)/ Oxfam

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04 Nov 2023

We feel like rats in a cage

“Escaped death twice today. (We feel) like rats in a cage. Gaza City is closed off, and we hear that people travelling to find shelter in the south were targeted in an airstrike and killed. It sounds like they’re going to bomb the hell out of the area. Shifa, is a nightmarish hell hole, with sewage overflowing. Flies are like bodybuilders, enormous, they’re so big and swarm everywhere, impervious to our attempts to swat them. The “zanana” (the sound of military drones) is loud and never leaves the sky.”

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30 Oct 2023

Residential towers in the Gaza Strip turned into rubble

The Israeli airstrikes destroyed Al Zahra City. Residential towers in the Gaza Strip were turned into rubble during an Israeli airstrike, with at least twenty-five residential towers being targeted.

The Israeli airstrikes destroyed Al Zahra City. Residential towers in the Gaza Strip were turned into rubble during an Israeli airstrike, with at least twenty-five residential towers being targeted. Photo: Alef Multimedia Company/ Oxfam

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29 Oct 2023

Limited access to electricity forcing Gazans to pay to charge their phones

Gazans are paying 5 ILS (1.5 USD) to charge their mobile phones due to limited electricity. Our Saving Lives Manager Wassim Mushtaha charged four mobile phones for 20 ILS.

New business in Gaza, 5 ILS (1.5 USD) to charge each mobile phone, Our Saving Lives Manager Wassim Mushtaha just charged four mobile phones for 20 ILS. Photo: Wassim Mushtaha/Oxfam

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27 Oct 2023

There’s nowhere safe to go

“Most of Gazan’s are dependent on aid because of the continued and prolonged illegal blockade. And now, they’re completely destitute. They don’t have food. They don’t have electricity. They don’t have water. There’s no shelter. There’s nowhere safe to go.” – Bushra Khalidi Policy Lead – Oxfam in Jerusalem.

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26 Oct 2023

Starvation as weapon of war being used against Gaza civilians - Oxfam media release

Just 2 per cent of food that would have been delivered has entered Gaza since the total siege. As the escalation of the conflict extends to its 19th day, a staggering 2.2 million people are now in urgent need of food. Prior to the hostilities, 104 trucks a day would deliver food to the besieged Gaza Strip, one truck every 14 minutes.

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23 Oct 2023

20 trucks of aid were allowed to cross from Egypt to Gaza after 15 days of complete closure of the Gaza Strip crossing points

While this is very welcome, it is nowhere near enough for the 2.3 million people trying to survive under rapid bombing and diminishing supplies.

People are facing intolerable suffering and deserve every aid they can get.

20 Trucks Aid - Gaza Crisis

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18 Oct 2023

Gazans face threat of cholera and other infectious diseases - Oxfam media release

Gaza is facing an unprecedented health crisis that risks an outbreak of deadly infectious diseases, like cholera, because water and sanitation services have completely broken down.

All five of Gaza’s wastewater treatment plants and most of its 65 sewage pumping stations have been forced to close. Untreated sewage is now being discharged into the sea and, in some areas, solid waste is accumulating in the streets.

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16 Oct 2023

Khloud Jwefil, an Oxfam colleague tells the story of her house being bombed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

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14 Oct 2023

Urgent plea from Oxfam and CEOs of 12 humanitarian agencies working in Gaza

Humanitarian agencies operating in Gaza are reporting an unfolding humanitarian crisis on an unprecedented scale. There are not adequate facilities to safely accommodate residents from northern Gaza, and their safety remains jeopardized as Israeli airstrikes persistently target central and southern Gaza.

We plead with world leaders and actors on the ground to prioritize the preservation of human life above all else. Anything less will forever be a stain on our collective conscience.

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11 Oct 2023

Siege on Gaza will be a humanitarian catastrophe

Oxfam is warning that a total siege on Gaza will lead to a humanitarian catastrophe. Yesterday’s announcement from the Israeli government, in response to the appalling attacks by Hamas, will stop all food, water, electricity and fuel from reaching an already vulnerable population. The siege adds to the ongoing blockade of Gaza, which has endured for 16 years.

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10 Oct 2023

Israel has announced a 'total blockade'

Israel has announced a ‘total blockade’ of an already besieged Gaza, leaving people without food, water and electricity. As Israel continues to bombard the territory following Hamas’ weekend attacks, Oxfam’s colleague Bushra Khalidi talks about how desperate the situation is for civilians living there, especially for those who’ve lost loved ones and their homes.

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Crisis in Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel. Palestinians inspect the damage following an Israeli airstrike on the Sousi mosque in Gaza City on October 9, 2023. Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto/Shutterstock


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08 Oct 2023

“It is long past time to break the cycle of war followed by temporary truces and pledges of humanitarian aid, which are only sticking plasters. Instead, the international community must now finally tackle the root causes of injustice and violence that is being perpetrated under the occupation.” – Muystafa Tamaizeh, Oxfam Acting Country Director

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08 Oct 2023

Oxfam reaction to today’s military offensives in Israel and the Gaza Strip

In reaction to today’s military offensives in Israel and the Gaza Strip, Mustafa Tmaizi, Oxfam Acting Country Director in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, said:

“Oxfam strongly urges all parties to immediately cease all military offensives and maintain restraint to prevent further escalation of violence that will only harm innocent civilians on both sides. This surge in military escalation underscores the persistent failure of leaders to address the prolonged occupation and Gaza blockade with no meaningful measures taken.

Oxfam is closely monitoring the humanitarian situation alongside our local partners and international organizations. We are also currently assessing the safety and well-being of civilians, Oxfam personnel and partners, especially in areas lacking adequate shelters and protection.”

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What is Oxfam doing in Gaza?

Oxfam teams are closely monitoring the humanitarian situation alongside our local partners and international organisations. We’re currently unable to conduct in-person assessments due to violence in occupied Palestinian territory.

When we can operate, our response will include providing people with clean water, sanitation and hygiene items, rehabilitation of water and wastewater networks that have been destroyed in the bombing, food and other essential household items for people who have lost their homes or their incomes.

If emergency shelters are created, we’ll provide support to people there.

Why we are not responding in Israel

The violence perpetrated on Israeli civilians by Hamas was appalling and Oxfam condemns the attacks in the strongest terms.

Our decision to respond in any crisis is always driven by humanitarian need alone — ensuring that people most in need of help are prioritised and taking into account the ability (or inability) of states to provide assistance for its people.

Even before the weekend’s attacks, 80% of people living in Gaza relied on international aid following 16 years of blockade. The Israeli government and local and national organisations have the capacity to meet the current needs in Israel. Oxfam’s humanitarian appeal is therefore focused on providing help to people affected by the crisis in Gaza.

While Oxfam is currently not responding in Israel, we are monitoring the situation carefully. Should that situation change we will reassess.

What is Oxfam’s position on the conflict?

We condemn all attacks, violence and targeting of Palestinian and Israeli civilians. Attacks that deliberately target civilians are never justifiable. All parties must respect international law and cease their attacks. We have witnessed the deadliest day for civilians in the history of modern Israel and the deadliest year in the West Bank since UN records began. The cycle of violence must end.

We call for an immediate ceasefire. Civilians on both sides continue to pay the price for the failure of their leaders to resolve a conflict which has led to the longest occupation in modern history. This escalation of violence also underscores the persistent failure of world leaders to address the occupation and blockade. Unless the international community actively works to address these root causes that have been the catalyst for this new round of hostilities, this cycle of denial of rights and violence will only continue.

Humanitarian aid must be allowed to flow, in safety, to those people most in need. All humanitarian operations are now effectively frozen. It is impossible for agencies like Oxfam to restart them in the face of bombs, shells, rockets and bullets. Ordinary civilians have already borne the brunt of the violence and now those in Gaza face a double blow as the violence escalates and they are cut off from vital humanitarian aid and all public services.

Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Oct. 9, 2023. Photo: CHINE NOUVELLE/SIPA/Shutterstock

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