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EMERGENCY ALERT

Children in Gaza have nowhere safe to go.  Yet another attack on a UN-run school in Gaza has killed dozens of civilians.

Save the Children is working around the clock to deliver critical aid to children living in the hardest-to-reach places. The hazardous conditions facing aid workers exacerbate the already deeply dangerous and precarious conditions we're facing in delivering humanitarian assistance to children and families in Gaza.  Will you donate today to support this lifesaving work?

Gaza needs the support of humanitarian organizations now more than ever 

  • 1.1 million people across Gaza are facing catastrophic levels of hunger. Famine is imminent.
  • All children affected by the violence in Israel and Gaza must be supported to find safety.
  • Children are being killed at a devastating rate. We need a definitive #CEASEFIRENOW

85% of the total population of Gaza 1.9 million civilians have been forcibly displaced

No child in Gaza can go to school   there is a total absence of education

Save the Children and our partners have reached over 769,094 people, including over 381,721 children

Save the Children has been providing essential services and support to Palestinian children impacted by the ongoing conflict since 1953, and have had a permanent presence in the occupied Palestinian territory since 1973. We are present in the West Bank and Gaza.  

Save the Children is calling for an immediate, definitive ceasefire to save and protect the lives of children in Gaza

 For years, Save the Children has responded to the unique needs of children impacted by conflict and displacement. Your donation to the Children's Emergency Fund helps support this life-saving work.

Israeli forces must halt operations in Rafah and open all available land crossings to allow aid to enter.

Less than a week after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Israel to “immediately” halt its military offensive in Rafah, dozens of people seeking safety in Rafah in southern Gaza were killed and hundreds more wounded in an Israeli attack on a camp for those displaced.

Children and families were going to the areas that Israel directed them to go to ‘for their own safety.' "They are permanently, constantly, fleeing for their lives, from one danger zone to another," said Xavier Joubert, Save the Children’s Country Director in the occupied Palestinian Territory.

Since the war started, following the attacks on Israel on October 7, Rafah has been the primary entry point for aid and fuel entering Gaza. Even when Rafah has been open, it has been incredibly challenging for humanitarian organizations to deliver aid to families, and impossible to reach everyone in need.

The takeover by Israeli forces of the Rafah crossing and the closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing on May 7 blocked the last remaining entry points for aid and lifelines for children.

The denial of humanitarian assistance is considered a grave violation against children.

Save the Children's Humanitarian Response

Ensuring the safety and security of our staff in Gaza remains our top priority. In October 2023,  Save the Children’s first supplies entered Gaza from Egypt, including medical kits, consumables, and water.

Today, amidst extremely challenging conditions, our teams have been working around-the-clock to find ways to deliver aid to children. Their safety and well-being are paramount considerations in all our operations. Our staff in Gaza are facing the same situation that all children and familes are facing. While we are doing all we can to support them – including providing shelter, aid and basic supplies - the current rate of delivery is nowhere near enough. We need a definitive ceasefire now.

We are ready to scale up our response further in Gaza through the planned activities below:

Distributing more essential supplies, such as water, food, toiletries and household essentials 

Providing fuel and water infrastructure for hospitals and distributing water storage tanks 

Delivering mental health and psychosocial support services for children and caregivers

Delivering mental health and psychosocial support services, including setting up Child-Friendly Spaces

Setting up temporary learning spaces and repairing damaged schools

Identifying the most at-risk children for child protection services

Janti Soeripto, Save the Children president and CEO, appeared on "Face the Nation" On December 10, 2023 to discuss the "unspeakable" humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza.

How to Help Children Impacted by Conflict

Without immediate support, the world’s most vulnerable children are at risk of physical and emotional harm with devastating, lifelong consequences. That’s why Save the Children works in the hardest-to-reach places, where it’s toughest to be a child. But we need your help. Together, we can fight threats to child survival. Donate to the Children's Emergency Fund today.

*The following humanitarian organizations are working in Israel. Save the Children encourages our supporters to also contribute to their efforts, if you can: Physicians for Human Rights Israel and The Humanity Crew.

Updated: May 31, 2024

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