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Palestinians make up the largest number of refugees in the world today  an estimated 6.5 million - about a third of the global refugee populationAbout 5 million are now registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) which runs refugee camps for Palestinians in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank and Gaza itself. The descendants of Palestinians are also recognised as refugees as they are denied certain rights. A number of factors have left Palestinians struggling in poverty and reliant on UNRWA and other agencies to provide basic necessities and welfare services.

These include internal politics; the geographical division between the West Bank and Gaza; the Israeli occupation of Gaza, its imposition of economic restrictions and the division of Jerusalem. The wars of 1948 and 1967, plus subsequent conflicts including 2008-9 and 2014, with Israel have repeatedly seen infrastructure and resources severely damaged or destroyed. In the 50-day Gaza conflict of 2014:

  • More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed including 1,462 civilians
  • Civilian deaths included 495 children, 253 women and 200 elderly
  • More than 10,000 Palestinians were injured, including 3,106 children of which a third have been left with a permanent disability
  • Nearly 18,000 homes were destroyed or damaged and more than 500,000 people  28% of Gaza’s population  were displaced.
Recorded Achievement

Our emergency relief efforts with the help of our supporters delivered aid to more than 500,000 people in Gaza while our Gaza 100 Water Challenge will benefit the equivalent of 3 million people each year.

Stories from Palestine

Orphans education in Gaza

Hundreds of orphans are among the beneficiaries of long term programmes established by Islamic Help for the population of Gaza. As well as emergency aid during the Gaza conflict of July 2014, Islamic Help also set up education and rehabilitation projects. The aim was to improve the prospects of children and young people by providing opportunities allowing them to progress through school and higher education. Among them is support for 5...

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£130,000 of medical aid to Palestine hospitals

Islamic Help and its partners have delivered medical aid worth nearly £130,000 to hospitals in Palestine. The consignment of essential medicines and medical equipment was shipped in a 4...

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Construction starts on new Gaza water plant

Construction work has started on a new domestic water plant in Gaza financed by Islamic Help donors. The facility, at Wadi as Salqa, will provide clean water to nearly 10,000 residents every day. ...

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Aid Delivery in Gaza

Among the victims of Gaza are thousands of families whose homes have been destroyed or who have been forced to flee and seek shelter in schools now being run by the United Nations to look after t...

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Gaza 100 Challenge Water Plant Opening

Islamic Help’s supporters have been praised by a Gaza community for funding a new water plant to meet their daily needs. The plant at Wadi as Salqa was destroyed in the 2014 conflict...

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Gaza: One Year On From the 50 Day Conflict

On July 8, 2014, the conflict in Gaza escalated w hen Israel launched airstrikes and ground operations. During the next 50 days, before an indefinite ceasefire came into force, more than 2,100 P...

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