All the occupiers agree that at this point it is important to highlight the reasons for this peaceful occupation in solidarity with the people of Gaza and recall the extent of the humanitiarian crisis there. Our intentions during the occupation were to highlight the suffering of the people in Gaza, and, since we are a University, in particular the destruction of educational opportunities there.
Please donate as much as you can either to either Disasters Emergency Commitee or Medical Aid For Palestinian. Throughout the occupation we have been collecting for these organisations and the total will be calculated shortly.
Hospitals report that over 1,350 Palestinians have been killed and over 5,550 are injured. Large numbers of civilians are reported among the dead, and the World Health Organisation estimates that at least 412 children and 95 women have been killed.
Medical Aid For Palestinians
For people living in Gaza, the fighting came on top of nineteen months of blockade which rendered many people unemployed and unable to meet the needs of their families. Now, tens of thousands of people face homelessness, their homes having been damaged or destroyed by the recent fighting.
After an 18 month blockade of Gaza and three weeks of heavy shelling the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is now completely overwhelming.
* Thousands of people are struggling to survive with many having lost their homes and most down to their last supplies of food and only limited amounts of fresh drinking water.
* Just £25 can buy warm blankets for 8 children
* Just £50 can provide a Food parcel for a family for one month
* Electricity – Gaza receives electricity only intermittently, although some areas remain without any power due to localised damage. There is a significant public health risk arising out of the almost collapse of Gaza’s water and sewage system, the running of which is dependent on electricity.
* Water – North Gaza and middle Area has improved. At least 70 percent of the water system in these areas is functioning, though localized damage prevents some households from receiving water. The sewage network in parts of Gaza still requires urgent repairs
* Shelter – 4000 residences were completely destroyed and another 17,000 partially destroyed
* At least 412 Children have been killed and 1,855 injured
* 60% of the population is living in poverty
* 1.1 million people are dependent upon aid to survive.
* Health – The capacity of the health system has been significantly reduced due to the damage of at least 21 clinics. Ten primary health care clinics are functioning as emergency clinics and hospitals and intensive care units continue to treat the mass casualties.