Destruction totale de certains quartiers de Gaza © Mohammed Baba

War Gaza-Israel

Since war broke out between Hamas and Israel in Gaza, heavy shelling and airstrikes have destroyed large parts of the Gaza Strip. We call for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire to prevent more deaths in Gaza and to allow the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid.

Decades of repression and conflict exploded on October 7, 2023 when Hamas attacked Israel on a massive scale. In response, Israel launched massive attacks on Gaza. The bombing campaign spread across the Middle East and south with increasing brutality.

We'd like to be able to do much more in Gaza.
However, we need basic security guarantees to be able to provide humanitarian and medical services.

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A Palestinian civil defence officer injured in Israeli attacks is given cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a stretcher at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza Strip.

*Latest update : 1st May, 2024

The humanitarian situation is now catastrophic

Decades of repression and conflict, and an Israel-imposed blockade from 2007 on the Gaza Strip, Palestine, exploded on 7 October 2023 as Hamas attacked Israel on a large scale. In response, Israel has launched massive attacks on Gaza. 

In Gaza, hospitals and other health facilities have been constantly under attack, leaving many not functioning. Israel is imposing a siege on Gaza, with no electricity, food, water or medical items available. 

People are trying to survive in extremely dire circumstances.

Our colleagues have witnessed a pattern of attacks on healthcare and civilians first-hand. Despite taking every precaution to identify ourselves and demanding the protections afforded to us under international humanitarian law, we have been violently attacked more than 20 times. Medical staff are being killed, arrested, and mistreated on a regular basis.

Over 1.9 million people, representing over 85 per cent of the population, in Gaza have had to flee their homes according to OCHA. 

Not only are war injuries and deaths increasing, but infections resulting from poorly treated wounds are also on the rise, putting more lives at risk.

Infectious diseases, such as diarrhoea, acute respiratory infections, skin infections, and hepatitis, are increasingly reported in Gaza, according to the World Health Organization. With food and water shortages worsening, the UN refugee agency warned that 

40 per cent of people in Gaza’s are at risk of famine.

We call for an immediate ceasefire to prevent more deaths in Gaza, and to restore and scale up the flow of humanitarian aid. Thousands have been killed and injured. 

Today, nowhere is safe in Gaza.

Gaza's Silent Killings : The destruction of the healthcare system and the struggle for survival in Rafah.

Six months after since war broke out between Hamas and Israel in Gaza, Gaza's health system has been devastated, men, women and children are increasingly at risk of acute malnutrition and their physical and mental health is deteriorating rapidly, according to this report published on 29 April by MSF.

Rapport- « Gaza's Silent Killings : La destruction du système de santé et la lutte pour la survie à Rafah ».
Shereen se souvient de son terrifiant voyage depuis le nord de Gaza avec ses trois enfants. © MSF

In the face of this unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe, and the fact that no safe haven is available to the Gazan population - including in the south of the Strip, where they have been forced to move - we have to take action.

Médecins Sans Frontières calls for:

  • an immediate and unconditional ceasefire;

  • the lifting of the siege;

  • and the protection of medical facilities and staff.

Click here to read our call for Gaza

How is MSF responding in Gaza?

Some health workers in the Gaza Strip and the Occupied Palestinian Territories say they live in constant fear, stress and anxiety as they continue to treat patients. They describe the large numbers of injured people with limbs crushed and burnt by explosions that they receive on a regular basis, and the fact that they have to carry out amputations without sufficient painkillers or anaesthetics.

They denounced the critical shortage of the medical supplies they need to save lives, caused by Israel's complete siege of Gaza in the early months of the war. They fled hospitals forcibly evacuated or attacked by Israeli forces, and took the unthinkable decision to abandon patients to save their own lives.

Après plus de six mois d'une guerre implacable, le personnel soignant de Gaza a dû faire face à des défis sans précédent pour fournir une assistance médicale à des milliers de personnes, tout en essayant de survivre et de gérer le tribut que la guerre a prélevé sur eux personnellement.  © MSF
Enduring the unthinkable: Gaza’s healthcare workers grapple with the mental health impact of an unyielding war
After over six months of relentless war, and according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mental health staff, the impact of working in such extreme conditions will leave scars for years to come.

Gaza from the inside - A humanitarian's diary

Jacob Burns, MSF project coordinator, arrived in southern Gaza on December 17, 2023. Through a series of audio recordings, divided into four episodes, he shares what he saw and experienced at the heart of the conflict during his first days on the ground. The recordings were made on December 22, 24, 25 and 26, 2023.

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