The current conflict between Israel and Hamas has been going on for one week now and has cost 178 Palestinians their live. So far no Israelis have died.
Conflict started after three Israeli teenagers was abducted and killed on July 12th on the West Bank and afterwards a killing of a 16 year old Palestinian boy.
Hamas is launching rockets from Gaza targeting Israel however most of them is successfully shot down by the Israel defences. Israel has launched a heavy bombardment of targets in the dense populated Gaza.
He tells that after a week of bombardments it seems like the children have found some way to cope with it. At least now they react less dramatically when they hear the blasts than they did in the first couple of days. During that week at least 178 Palestinians have been killed – among these 133 civilians.
DanChurchAid’s normal activities in Gaza are affected by the crisis. Among other things we work with psycho social support and after the work had been put on hold a couple of days the team is now working again providing help to some of the most traumatized people in the area.
We are also working on providing humanitarian aid in form of food and medicine as a response to the current crisis.
Omar Al Majdalawi is frustrated that he at the moment cannot do even more for his countrymen.
“As a aid worker it is your job to help and protect people and make sure that they suffer as little as possible. Right now we cannot protect them,” he says.
Asked about the humanitarian situation he says that the ongoing conflict is worsening the already bad situation in Gaza.
”In this area 1.8 million people have lived under siege and blockade for years. People are depended on aid. People are unemployed. The drinking water is unhealthy. We are isolated. We have no natural resources. How do you find words for that?” he asks.
”It is very bad,” he says.
At the moment Israel and Hamas are considering a ceasefire agreement proposed by the Egyptian government, and Omar Al Majdalawi is hoping for a swift solution.
“Let us save both money and lives and stop this killing machine,” he says.