Islamic Relief is appalled that more than 150 Palestinians have been injured in violence during Ramadan prayers at Al Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam.
Israeli forces entered the site just before Friday prayers in the second week of Ramadan. Dozens of Palestinians were reportedly injured with rubber bullets, stun grenades and batons.
The injuries at Al Aqsa come amid escalating tensions and violence across the region in recent weeks, which have killed 25 Palestinians. Islamic Relief strongly condemns all attacks on civilians and is calling for a lasting solution rooted in justice and international law, including an end to the Israeli occupation.
Palestine Emergency Appeal
Islamic Relief has worked in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since 1997. Last year our programmes in Gaza helped nearly 400,000 people with essential medical care, access to education and skills training for unemployed youth.
Gaza described as an “open-air prison; One of the most densely populated place on earth
2.1 million people live under siege, with land, sea and air blockade imposed by Israel
80% of the population dependent on humanitarian assistance
95% population do not access to clean water
Power outage that impacts essential services like health, water and sanitation
More than half of Gaza’s people do not have enough food
70% youth have no employment
60% of the all children are anaemic and others stunted and malnourished
Spiralling increase in Covid-19 cases and deaths.
Violence, the Coronavirus pandemic, coupled with decades of political instability, have stifled economic development across Palestine and made challenging situations even worse. In addition, continued violence throughout Palestine severely affects the most vulnerable section of the population: children, many of whom suffer from psychological trauma.
The blockade has sealed off Gaza from the rest of the world, crippling the economy and trapping residents – including a generation of young people who have no hope of prospects for development. 70% of youth are now unemployed. Fear and lack of hope for the future have become the norm among young people in Gaza.
Islamic Relief calls on all actors to ensure that the protection of Palestinian youth is made a primary consideration, and the reassertion of the principles of protection is derived from the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the International Human Rights Law (IHRL). We call on all actors to ensure the need for security for young people to cross borders in order to gain access to livelihoods.
Islamic Relief has long been a presence in Gaza. Our work focuses on addressing urgent health needs, food distribution, building shelters and building livelihoods.
With your support, we launch “I Had a Dream,” a campaign to support our brothers and sisters in Palestine, struggling to support their families, access health care and shelter, and basic entitlements, including education. While dreams and hope help us survive, it is an expensive commodity for those who dodging bombs, barriers and struggle for basic humanity.