Wed 23 Jul 2014
After 7 weeks of fighting, a long-term ceasefire agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians was finally reached on 26 August 2014. It is hoped that both sides will uphold the agreement so that people can start to recover and rebuild their lives.
There has been massive destruction in the Gaza Strip to infrastructure, homes and public buildings. This is an area that is the most densely populated in the world, and home to 1.7 million, with over half of the Gaza population being children.
More than 2,101 people have been killed with over 10,000 people injured. Thousands of homes have been completely destroyed during the bombing, leaving 475,000 people displaced, whilst at least 373,000 children have been left traumatized and in need of psychosocial support.
These people are urgently in need of medical treatment, health services, shelter, clean water, food and psychosocial support, especially the children.
The Al-Ahli Arab hospital, which was setup and is run by the Anglican/Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, a Partner of ABM, continues its mission to serve those in need especially during the early recovery period.
The hospital was structurally damaged during the airstrikes and its ventilation system in the operating theatre and the emergency room have also been affected. In addition, windows have been broken in many buildings, as well as in the new diagnostic centre.
Since the beginning of the crisis, Al-Ahli staff have maintained around-the-clock presence at the hospital, receiving wounded people and providing them with the critical medical care that they need.
Like other hospitals in Gaza, Al-Ahli Arab hospital is experiencing shortages in medicine, fuel for electrical generators, food for patients and food for parcels for many in the community seeking help. The hospital needs to initiate a free outreach treatment service for the displaced people, many of whom are women and children. There is also a great need to provide hygiene and cleaning kits for displaced families.
ABM has a long relationship dating back to 1918 with the Anglican Church in the Holy Land. ABM donors have been supporting the Al-Ahli Arab hospital for some time. As we receive more news, we will continue to update this page.
Please pray for the people in the Holy Land and the Anglican/Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and give thanks to God for the current ceasefire. Pray for lasting peace in the Middle East.
ABM has already sent funds to the hospital from its Global Rapid Response fund. We are aiming to raise $25,000 for the Al-Ahli Arab hospital.
GAZA EMERGENCY UPDATES
31/07/14 Sawsan Aranki-Batato, Programs Development Officer of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, has provided an update on the situation at the Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza.
Ahli Arab Hospital - Gaza Emergency Response Situation Report
"Thank you for your support to Ahli Mission of Healing in the Gaza Strip."
"Indeed the people of Gaza are suffering the brutality of the war. We at Ahli since July 7th (the day of Israeli attack) are working 24 hours daily to save the lives of the innocents and the victims of the current conflict.""We are very confident that through your support we will continue serving the injured and the needy."
PLEASE NOTE: THIS APPEAL IS CLOSED. You may read the latest updates on ABM's emergency responses here.