Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories

Two paramedics helping injured boy in ambulanceThe recent escalations of conflict in Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories 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 situation in the West Bank and Gaza.  

Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement partners have activated their largest levels of response attempting to support all those affected and help to meet their immediate needs. Emergency medical services, first aid, triage, transport of patients and psychosocial support are essential in the immediate aftermath of this situation, along with primary and secondary health services and support for rehabilitation afterwards. In situations where people’s homes have been damaged or destroyed, temporary support for relocation and relief items are needed.  As the situation evolves, additional urgent needs may be prioritized.

Staff and volunteers of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement are working around the clock – and often in dangerous conditions – to alleviate suffering, save lives and provide vital assistance. Canadian Red Cross supports the work of the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and Magen David Adom (MDA) as members of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. 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.

In times of crisis, it is critical that people can access the health care and treatment they need, and we reiterate our call for rapid, safe and unimpeded movement for ambulances and for staff and volunteers of the PRCS and MDA to carry out their crucial life-saving activities. The Canadian Red Cross lends its voice to the Movement call for the de-escalation of violence as there are heavy consequences on the civilian population, as well as the call to remind all parties that the rules of international humanitarian law must be respected.

Paramedics putting injured man into an ambulance, surrounded by crowd