Developed and Pioneer Communties

Case story from MCF project recent records

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Israeli’s 8 days on Gaza cost more than USD 1 billion of damages and hundreds of Palestinians were killed. Abu Mahmoud Abdel Rehman 55 years old, a chronic disease patient and father of 5, his wife recovering from open-heart surgery, this family live in a bad apartment located at a very hot and closed to the restricted area “Al Attatrah” north Gaza. Like the rest of Gazan families, the family has suffered from the ravages of the Israeli offensive, which have caused deep cracks in the walls of the house and interrupted supply of drinking water as a result of the destruction of water tanks, “IDCO”  and among emergency support from the Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)-Australia to help aid the victims, came to the aid of this in need family by providing a plastic tank for potable water in order to help carry clean water for them. Many more interventions are planned to be implemented shortly to help aid other in need families in term of early recovery through IDCO. According to the recent reports, Impacts of the last Israeli’s attack and operations on Gaza could be classified into three assessments:

1. The Gaza blockade is a denial of basic human rights in contravention of international law and amounts to collective punishment. The blockade severely restricts imports and exports, as well as the movement of people in and out of Gaza, and access to agricultural land and fishing waters. Gazans are unable to provide for their families and the quality of infrastructure and vital services has deteriorated. Therefore, Gazans are facing an economical and social hardship situation after the Israeli‘s siege and the operation pillar of cloud, taking into consideration the economical and social crises (more than 45% poverty and 1.6% of people without shelter in the Gaza strip) .

2. The siege that Israeli has imposed on the Gaza strip in June 2007 has greatly harmed Gaza’s health system, which had not functioned well beforehand. Many services and specialist and life-saving treatments are not available to Palestinians inside Gaza, and since siege began, access to medical care in hospital outside Gaza has decreased. Indeed, the lack of medical equipments and medicines in Gaza steadily increasing. According to latest figures of WHO, 19% of necessary medicines were lacking and 13% of vital medical equipments is lacking too.

3. The Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip and military operations has led to the near collapse of the water and sanitation sector and prevented humanitarian agencies from adequately providing for the needs of Gaza’s population. Israel has prohibited the entry of equipments and materials that can be used to improve water quality and taste, and to develop and rehabilitate the water infrastructure and the wastewater treatment facility in Gaza. Actually, this blockade has severely impacted on the ability of international agencies to implement humanitarian projects, in particular the development of Infrastructure water supply.