GAZA, PALESTINE — Hundreds of Palestinians have passed away because they became victims of Israeli violence that has declared war against Hamas on Sunday (10/8/2023). Until Tuesday (10/10/2023) afternoon, 770 Palestinians have been killed and 4,000 wounded. Civilians, humanitarian volunteers, and diasporas from various countries, including Indonesia, have also been affected by this prolonged conflict.
Through monitoring by various media, sad cries echoed among the rubble. The health and welfare of children and the elderly are vulnerable due to this unending conflict.
For this reason, on Tuesday (10/10/2023), Dompet Dhuafa through the Disaster Management Center (DMC) immediately sent emergency aid for survivors affected by Israel’s war against Hamas, the Palestinian freedom fighters. This assistance was in the form of 125 food packages for refugees in the Jabalia Camp refugee area, Gaza. A total of 500 people were helped by the aid program.
“Currently the focus of DMC Dompet Dhuafa is to provide emergency response assistance for civilians, children, and other vulnerable groups as a result of the escalation of armed contact,” said Arif Rahmadi Haryono, Chief Executive of DMC Dompet Dhuafa via text message.
“DMC will coordinate as quickly as possible with strategic stakeholders to be able to find solutions to the problems of the humanitarian crisis that looms ahead,” he continued.
Based on reports collected by Dompet Dhuafa, the people of Gaza now need food aid, health services, especially for children and vulnerable groups, psychosocial assistance to reduce trauma, and education services.
On the other hand, as a result of the disconnection of energy lines by the Israeli government, currently the electricity supply to Gaza is only enough for 2-3 hours per day. This will certainly have a major impact on emergency health services for survivors of Israeli violence in Palestine.
The condition above is also exacerbated by the fact that access to clean water is also cut off which means endangering the entire Palestinian community. UN Secretary-General’s Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric said that many people currently have no access to electricity and internet, and will soon run out of food and water supplies that are essential for their lives.
“Damage to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities has disrupted services for more than 400,000 people,” Dujarric said as quoted by the BBC, Monday (9/10/2023).
“The Gaza Power Plant is now the only source of electricity and could run out of fuel within days,” Dujarric continued.
After knowing the facts above, Dompet Dhuafa invites all Friends of Dompet Dhuafa to close ranks and strengthen solidarity for the liberation and peace of Palestine. Hopefully, peace will continue to emerge on this Earth and Israeli violence on Palestinian land will no longer bring sorrow and tears. (Dompet Dhuafa)