The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) have made appeals to the international humanitarian community for urgent assistance to support their ongoing relief efforts for the current armed crisis in Gaza, Palestine.

Mercy Relief (MR) has been monitoring the situation since the armed conflict started on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 and has been in direct communications with the WHO, the UNRWA, Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) and the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC). UNRWA and WHO shared that food and medical supplies are the urgent and priority needs on the ground for the displaced people in Gaza.

As of 19 November, 91 deaths (88 Palestinians and 3 Israelis – including 18 Palestinian children) and 867 injured (740 Palestinians and 127 Israelis – including 252 Palestinian children) were reported.  Total Palestinians displaced in Gaza is 1.2 million.

MR’s first team will be on the ground within the next 72 hours to coordinate the procurement and dispatch of relief supplies. A public fundraising appeal has been officially launched from the 21st Nov to 23rd Dec 2012 to support MR’s aid efforts.

In 2009, MR had partnered the UNRWA, the ERC, the PRC and Paris-based Hommes de Parole (Organisation of Rabbis and Imams) to personally procure and coordinate the delivery of more than S$275,000 worth of food and non-food items and medical supplies to Gaza via Egypt and Israel.

Below are snapshots of the previous efforts and links to some of the news coverage in 2009.

http://blogs.straitstimes.com/2009/02/18/i-was-a-virgin-relief-volunteer/

http://blogs.straitstimes.com/2009/02/09/aid-from-singgafura-reaches-gaza/

 

Jerusalem – MR Chairman inspecting utensils / Cairo – MR Secretary verifying the relief supplies 

 

Cairo – Visiting the injured at the Palestinian Hospital / Cairo – 60 tonnes of flour and 30 tonnes of sugar 

 

Gaza – Truckloads of supplies crossing the border / Gaza – Supplies arrived at a UNRWA warehouse

 

Gaza – What future holds for the Palestinian children? / Sderot – Israeli children live in fear of rocket missiles

About Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief is a Singaporean humanitarian organisation which engages in both disaster relief and sustainable development programmes. It was established in 2003 as an independent non-governmental humanitarian charity responding to the human tragedies in Asia. Mercy Relief’s aid programme focuses on providing timely and effective assistance to disaster-stricken communities and has maintained the delivery of emergency aid within 72 hours from the point of appeal for assistance.  

In the past 12 years, Mercy Relief has disbursed over S$32 million in aid across 40 disaster relief and 53 sustainable development initiatives. Mercy Relief has impacted an aggregate of 2 million lives in 24 countries and areas, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal,  Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.

For more information, you may call us at 6514 6322 or email corporateaffairs@mercyrelief.org