International humanitarian and development organisation ACT Alliance and Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, have condemned the attacks on civilians and called on the international community to act immediately to stop the escalating violence between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. The alliance is calling for an urgent ceasefire, followed by intensive diplomatic intervention involving all parties including the international community, to deal with the actual causes of the conflict. The call comes as the world witnesses the worst violence between Israel and Palestine in recent years. More than 500 people have lost their lives and thousands more have been injured with over 900,000 being displaced from their homes.
Act for Peace and other international Christian aid organisations are preparing to provide medication and support to ensure the provision of primary healthcare at outpatient clinics and hospitals in Gaza as well as psychosocial support for those traumatised by the conflict. ACT Alliance general secretary, John Nduna, called on the parties to the conflict and the United Nations to facilitate humanitarian access to those affected, including treatment for the injured and other humanitarian needs.
“Once again, it is innocent men, women and children who are suffering and paying the ultimate price for the failure of the politicians,” said John. “If the leadership of Palestine and Israel do not urgently pursue a genuine and viable solution to the conflict, then they will be condemning more innocent civilians to despair and hopelessness.”
Act for Peace have been responding to the humanitarian needs of people in Gaza and the West Bank for over 27 years, providing assistance in the areas of healthcare, psychosocial support, the protection of civilians, access to water and other basic services. You can help the people of Gaza through Act for Peace’s Gaza Crisis Appeal. To donate, or for more information, visit www.actforpeace.org.au/gaza
Image: Palestinian medics carry a casualty as they run past a burning building in Gaza City. (AP Photo)
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