Help us reach children affected by this crisis.
What is the situation?
The terrifying violence since 7 October across Gaza and Israel has left thousands of children killed, injured and abducted. Now a catastrophic humanitarian crisis has unfolded inside Gaza.
Before the current escalation, 80% of the population in Gaza depended on humanitarian aid. Now, there are over two million Palestinians trapped inside Gaza – nearly half of them children. Without a full ceasefire, the distribution of water, food, medicines and supplies is significantly hampered. And now, winter is here.
Elsewhere, thousands of children and their families have fled their homes in Lebanon due to escalating violence at the border. Many families were already living in camps or informal settlements and are now sheltering in even more insecure accommodation.
We are deeply concerned about the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza and the potential for a wider humanitarian crisis unfolding across the region.
Our humanitarian response teams based in Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan are working tirelessly to support children and their families with life-saving assistance. Your donation will support our teams to respond to the growing humanitarian need across the region.
We are supporting local partners to provide life-saving supplies and emergency assistance in Gaza. While Plan International does not directly operate within Gaza or the West Bank, we are working closely with humanitarian organisations to step up aid efforts to meet the mounting needs within Gaza.
In Egypt, we have been procuring food, hygiene kits and other items to send to Gaza. In Lebanon, our team are responding to the rising number of internally displaced people, by distributing basic necessities like food, hygiene kits and blankets and mattresses.
We are ready to provide child protection expertise, mental health support and opportunities to learn.
What we are calling for
- Plan International condemns violence in the strongest terms and calls for an immediate and complete ceasefire by all parties involved.
- We call upon all parties to follow international humanitarian law, ensuring civilians, especially children, are protected and to ensure safe, ongoing and unhindered humanitarian access. We call for the immediate release and return of hostages.
- It is critical that safe and unhindered humanitarian access is facilitated, so that life-saving aid can reach children and their families in urgent need. We urge world leaders including the UK Prime Minister to do all in their power to ensure the provision of essential and life-saving relief assistance, including food, water, fuel and medical supplies and care and access of humanitarian personnel into Gaza.
- We have joined other aid agencies to call on the UK Government to put civilians first in the Israel Gaza crisis and to secure an immediate ceasefire.
- We also call on international actors to find a long-term, sustainable, just and peaceful solution for all people across the region.
*Banner photo: A girl walks among ruins in Gaza after Israeli bombardments in October 2023 (Ali Jadallah/Anadolu via Getty Images)