DCA (DanChurchAid) is urgently appealing for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and other Palestinian factions in Gaza
The human cost and the humanitarian consequences of this conflict are dire. One Israeli has been killed, and more than 192 people have been killed in Gaza. According to the UN, at least 80 per cent of the fatalities have been civilians, of whom 21 per cent are children. It raised concerns about respect for international law. Over 1300 people, including a very high number of children, have been wounded and urgently need care from a health system on the verge of a total breakdown. Civilians struggle to get by without food, water and safe shelter, while numerous homes, health facilities and schools are damaged and destroyed. Currently the DCA (DanChurchAid) office in Gaza is responding to the needs by providing psycho-social support to displaced families who are living in UN schools. Other activities, such as providing food, water and non-food items such as blankets, cooking utensils, medical supplies and fuel for the hospitals, are being planned, however the serious security situation makes the work very difficult and dangerous. People are worried about queuing up for distributions and access is limited. More than 7500 Palestinians have been displaced due to damage to their homes and 17,000 Palestinians are taking shelter in UN schools. The water supply to more than 31,000 Palestinians have been cut off. UN estimates, that 22,800 children are in need of psycho-social support following direct exposure to death, injury or loss of homes. The humanitarian needs are enormous, in particular in a situation where people have nowhere to flee and no shelter. We now appeal to the international community to spare no effort to bring the parties in conflict to end military operations, and to ensure the firm application of International Humanitarian Law as well as International Human Rights Law. However a cease fire will not be enough. Long-term solutions must found, based on security for Palestinians as well as Israelis, Palestinian right to self-determination, and respect for international humanitarian and human rights law. The international community should immediately redouble efforts to work effectively with the parties to agree to durable solutions that contribute to a just peace for all in the region. War is not the solution. The time has come to find new ways to reach a solution, based on meaningful dialogue.