‘We Are All Palestine’: Qatar Red Crescent launches urgent relief campaign for Palestinians
Qatar has launched a campaign that seeks to raise 60 million Qatari riyals [$16.4 m] for Palestinians, following a recent spate of violence by Israel in the West Bank and a relentless bombardment campaign of the Gaza Strip.
Dubbed "We Are All Palestine", the campaign was launched by the Qatari Red Crescent in cooperation with its Palestinian counterpart. It seeks to provide essential relief supplies and medical care for Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem.
The campaign aims to reach around 593,000 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza strip over the next six months.
It also plans to help equip hospitals, provide relief supplies and medical equipment to medical centres, as well as repair houses damaged in the recent Israeli bombardment of the besieged enclave.
The Qatari Red Crescent said it seeks to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians, treat the hundreds injured in Israel's onslaughts, and meet the essential needs of hundreds of Palestinian families.
"A set of projects will be executed in the fields of health care, food and non-food items, ambulance and emergency services, and furnishing of hospitals," said QRCS in a statement.
"Under a $1 million donation, QRCS provided 600 food parcels for the benefit of 4,000 persons, offered psychological support services, and trained 60 physicians and nurses to enhance their emergency assessment skills," the statement added.
At least 248 Palestinians, including 66 children, have been killed and more than 1,900 others wounded, in what observers described as Israel’s harshest targeting of civilian areas in the enclave to date.
Over 72,000 people have been displaced, according to the UN, with the majority seeking protection in 58 UNRWA schools across Gaza.
According to Gaza's ministry of government information, six high-rise buildings -all iconic city landmarks - were flattened by Israeli fighter jets in 11 days.
They were part of the more than 184 residential and commercial properties that were destroyed, including buildings that housed 33 media institutions.
Israeli targeting of vital infrastructure has affected water, sanitation, and hygiene services for hundreds of thousands of people. Telecommunication lines, electricity grids, sewage systems, and water pipelines were also bombed, as well as factories, commercial stores, charity centres, and vocational institutes.
The total material cost was estimated at over $322.3 million, according to Palestinian officials.