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UPDATE - August 5: We’ve been responding on the ground providing medical services to civilians affected by the crisis. With the 72-hour cease fire announced this morning, we hope to reach more people through mobile health clinics.  

CARE Focusing on Women and Children Caught in Gaza Fighting

JERUSALEM  —  Despite a slowdown in fighting following an initial 12-hour ceasefire declaration on Saturday, the situation in Gaza remains highly volatile with continuous attacks in both directions. According to UN sources, more than 1,000 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have died since the beginning of the conflict. On the Israeli side, 46 people, three of them civilians, have lost their lives. More than 200,000 people in Gaza have sought refuge in UN buildings.

”Our team and partner organizations in Gaza are working under extremely difficult circumstances to scale-up the humanitarian response,” says CARE West Bank and Gaza Country Director Rene Celaya. “At the same, our team is affected by the conflict. Many have lost neighbors, relatives and loved ones. We are very worried about the continuous stress the conflict puts on humanitarian aid workers who are needed now more than ever to provide support to the civilian population.”

During the humanitarian pause Saturday, CARE’s partner organization Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) visited the Alfalah school in Gaza’s al-Shijaeya neighborhood, a shelter for displaced people run by the UN. PMRS provided health screenings and urgent medical services to 128 people, the majority of them children. On Sunday PMRS visited the Hassan Albasri Governmental School in Gaza city and provided urgent medical services to 143 people, mainly women and children.

“People are in desperate need of basic medical supplies and vaccinations. Supplies at hospitals are running low and the increasing number of injured people is straining already stretched medical services,” says Celaya. “CARE has initiated the delivery of some medical supplies, but transport is still a challenge. We are particularly worried about the condition of pregnant women and young mothers. As soon as CARE is able to operate mobile health clinics, our teams will provide health care to vulnerable families, in particular pregnant women.”

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Heba Aliya (9 months) holds onto her mother Hamza Aliya in a make shift clinic within a UN school in the Jabalaya district of Gaza city.