Middle East Humanitarian Crisis

The recent escalation of violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory is impacting the lives of millions, bringing uncertainty and fear to many individuals and families. It further exacerbates an already complex and protracted large-scale humanitarian crisis in the region.  

Red Cross Red Crescent response
Staff and volunteers of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in the Middle East are working around the clock to provide vital assistance to those impacted by the escalation of hostilities. Our teams are operating at full capacity, providing emergency medical services, relief assistance, and psychosocial support to those impacted.

In times of conflict, it is critical that civilians and humanitarian workers are protected. It is essential that people are able to access the health care and treatment they need, and that humanitarian workers have rapid, safe and unimpeded access to carry out their crucial life-saving activities.
The work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is guided by the seven Fundamental Principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) response
The plight of people’s loved ones being held hostage is one of the top priorities for the ICRC. They have stated publicly and clearly that the taking of hostages is prohibited under IHL.  Hostages must be released immediately, and the ICRC is ready to facilitate any eventual release.
We also know the ICRC is speaking with Hamas at the highest levels. They are making demands to see hostages and are also asking for hostages be able to contact their loved ones.
For additional information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) posted on the ICRC’s website.
How to support those impacted
Those wishing to help are encouraged to donate to the Middle East Humanitarian Crisis Appeal online or by calling 1-800-418-1111.

The Canadian Red Cross is supporting the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement efforts to alleviate suffering and provide humanitarian assistance for people affected by the ongoing and escalating October 2023 crisis in the Middle East. Support will be used for lifesaving interventions, ongoing relief efforts, and other critical humanitarian activities as needs arise. All humanitarian efforts of the Red Cross Red Crescent are guided by our seven fundamental principles including humanity, neutrality, and impartiality.