Following the ongoing crisis in Gaza, Christian Aid urgently appeals for immediate access to fuel for hospitals, as the Palestinian death toll escalates due to Israeli airstrikes.
The charity emphasizes that the lack of water and electricity access poses a grave threat to patients in Gaza hospitals, risking their lives.
According to reports from Hamas, Israeli strikes on the region have claimed the lives of more than 8,500 Palestinians. The situation has reached a critical point, as the conflict’s impact hits closer to Gaza hospitals.
William Bell, the Head of Middle East Policy & Advocacy for Christian Aid, has shed light on the alarming situation. He expressed, “Hospitals are now unable to function in the way that they should. You need fuel, and fuel is one of those commodities that haven’t been allowed in.”
The access to essential supplies, such as fuel, has been severely restricted in Gaza. On Sunday, only 33 lorries carrying crucial aid supplies were permitted to enter the war-stricken region. Prior to the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, Gaza used to receive an average of 500 truckloads of aid per day, as reported by the United Nations. This sharp reduction in aid has left the region’s healthcare infrastructure severely strained.
Dr. Hassan, who runs the chronic disease center for Christian Aid’s local partner, the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), has emphasized the gravity of the situation. He stated, “If fuel totally runs out in Gaza, it will be a catastrophe. So many patients will die, especially those in intensive care units who are relying on ventilators, which will stop working without electricity. The hospitals will become a place where patients are only sent to the morgue.”
Christian Aid emphasizes the urgent need for “unfettered humanitarian access” for their partners on the ground to address the overwhelming scale of need. With a population of 2.3 million, delivering large-scale aid relief is imperative. However, the ongoing violence in the region makes it a challenging and unsafe environment both for delivering aid and for people to access it.
The charity insists that a full and immediate ceasefire is the “only solution” to ensure that humanitarian aid can reach those who desperately need it. William Bell stressed the need for political intervention, stating, “The reality is that we’re now at least 1500 Israeli dead, and about 8,500 Palestinians dead. 3,500 of those we estimate to be children, and that number is only going to go up. We have to, at the very least, have a complete cessation of violence.”
Christian Aid, along with over 20 church leaders and Christian organizations, is also demanding the release of all Israeli hostages. They are calling for unequivocal support for the International Criminal Court to conduct an independent investigation into all war crimes, ensuring accountability for the actions taken during the conflict.
The situation in Gaza is becoming increasingly critical as the death toll continues to rise due to Israeli airstrikes. Christian Aid is urgently appealing for fuel access to Gaza hospitals, emphasizing the vital need for water and electricity to save patients’ lives.
The charity stresses the importance of a full and immediate ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid to reach those in need and demands accountability for war crimes through an independent investigation by the International Criminal Court. The scale of the crisis in Gaza demands immediate international attention and action.