Weeks of ongoing violence and intensive air strikes have created a desperate humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
More than 1,800 people have been killed and more than 9,500 injured - many of them children. More than 400,000 people have fled their homes but with nowhere safe to go. Schools, hospitals and entire neighbourhoods have been destroyed.
Even before the violence of the past month, people in Gaza were already extremely vulnerable due to the Israeli blockade, a collective punishment of an entire civilian population, which stops people and goods moving in and out, destroying the economy and eroding basic rights.
Oxfam is in Gaza, getting water and food to people who’ve lost everything – so we’ve seen the suffering with our own eyes. Oxfam condemns all violence against civilians and cannot stand by as innocent men, women and children are killed.
Oxfam is calling on the Irish and UK governments to push for a permanent ceasefire - and lasting peace for the people of Gaza and Israel. This must include lifting of the blockade of Gaza, which traps ordinary people in poverty, denied the right to move, trade and live in dignity.
The people of Gaza need peace now – before more innocent families die. Please take action by calling on Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan or Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, to push for a permanent ceasefire – and an end to the blockade in Gaza.