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Gaza Conflict Destruction 2023

Call for a lasting ceasefire

We call for an immediate ceasefire and lasting peace in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel and an end to the death and injury of innocent civilians.

A humanitarian pause is not enough to address the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Gaza. We cannot allow people to die of hunger, thirst or preventable diseases as a result of political failure.

Conflict hits the poorest and most vulnerable hardest. 

Before this escalation of violence, 80% of the approximately 2.2million people living in Gaza depended on humanitarian assistance – that’s the equivalent of almost the entire population of Northern Ireland relying on aid to survive.

The full blockade imposed by Israel on 10th October followed 16 years of blockade and repeated cycles of violence during that time. This has destroyed Gaza’s economy and people’s livelihoods. People have repeatedly recovered and communities have repeatedly rebuilt, only for gains to be quickly lost and more infrastructure decimated by outbreaks in violence.

Right now, as a result of this escalation of violence, a humanitarian catastrophe of unprecedented levels is unfolding in Gaza.

Food, water, fuel and power are nearing exhaustion. And this is causing more than hunger, thirst and darkness – there is now a record risk of deadly, infectious diseases like cholera.

The only real answer is a #CEASEFIRENOW.

Just as we cannot watch any more needless deaths of innocent Palestinian and Israeli people, we cannot allow people to die of starvation, dehydration or preventable illnesses because of political failure.

Organisations like Oxfam and our partners need to urgently resume humanitarian programmes in Gaza and reach those hardest hit by the ongoing conflict – in the long-term as well as the short-term.

We are calling on world leaders, including the UK Government, to use their influence to push for a full #CEASEFIRENOW by all parties.

This is the only way to get enough humanitarian aid and life-saving assistance to civilians enduring unimaginable pain and suffering.

Please show solidarity and add your voice to amplify the call for:

  • A full #CEASEFIRENOW in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel;
  • No more death or injury of innocent civilians and a release of anyone held captive;
  • An end to the blockade in Gaza and immediate and widespread access to life-saving humanitarian aid, including food, water and fuel,.
  • Meaningful political action to forge a path to real and lasting peace for Palestinia and Israeli people.