What is happening in Gaza?

(Last updated: 23 April 2024) 

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) has launched an unprecedented emergency response amid growing critical health needs in Gaza and the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem, resulting from the current escalation of violence and Israel’s ongoing bombardment and complete siege on Gaza.

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On 7 October 2023, the Israeli military launched an extensive aerial bombardment across Gaza, hitting homes, hospitals, clinics, schools and essential infrastructure. This has resulted in mass casualties and destruction of civilian infrastructure.

Israel’s military assault follows attacks in cities and towns surrounding Gaza by Palestinian armed groups which killed at least 1,200 Israelis and foreign nationals, and more than 5,400 injured according to Israeli media. 

Since 9 October, Israeli authorities have imposed a total siege on Gaza, halting the entry food, fuel, electricity, medical items and water.

Impact on the health system 
West Bank, including East Jerusalem

The emergency in Gaza is spilling over into the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Since 7 October 2023:

Lebanon 

MAP is also worried about the potential impact of growing instability in southern Lebanon, with continued clashes between armed groups and Israeli forces across the border.

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