Palestine Emergency webpage

Past Emergency: Palestine Emergency Aid

About the Situation

By the Numbers

Airstrikes in Palestine were carried out for some 8 days from Nov. 14 to Nov. 21.

More than 100 Palestinians, including children, were killed.

At least 6 UNRWA schools in Gaza were damaged.

(Sources: Various news sources and UNRWA)

More than 100 Palestinians were killed after airstrikes hit beginning on November 14, 2012—including children and at least one pregnant woman, according to news reports. More than 1,200 people were injured.

A week later, on November 21, a ceasefire was declared, bringing the aerial assault to an end. With nearly eight days of air strikes, the already-volatile environment was made more uncertain across the region—from Gaza to Bethlehem to Jerusalem, and areas in between.

Many Palestinians who struggle every day in impoverished conditions found themselves yet again without vital resources. Buildings, schools and homes were destroyed. Several Islamic Relief Palestine staff members who live in Gaza reported damage to their own homes. Numerous Palestinians were rendered homeless, and thousands of young children were living in a constant state of fear.

According to Islamic Relief Palestine team members, mothers and fathers told them of signs of stress on their children, including constant crying and bed-wetting.

How Islamic Relief USA Helped

Islamic Relief USA provided aid to Palestinians who need it most by working with UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

Islamic Relief USA, through UNRWA, provided emergency food packages, including flour, oil, milk, corned beef, rice and sugar, to families in Gaza. More than 184,000 individuals benefitted.

Watch this video clip to learn more about the conditions many Palestinians face on a daily basis, and how Islamic Relief has been helping them get the tools they need to achieve success.

Islamic Relief Worldwide has been providing humanitarian relief in Palestine since 1994, and Islamic Relief Palestine opened its office there in 1998 so that long-term development projects could be implemented and overseen by people in the field. Islamic Relief projects in the region have included food distribution, medical relief and orphan sponsorship. Islamic Relief has also established educational enhancement centers, care programs for traumatized children and a school for the deaf. Learn more about Islamic Relief’s efforts for Palestine.

How You Can Help


by organizing and attending local fundraisers that support IRUSA’s efforts.


by sharing information about IRUSA’s efforts with your social media networks.


to the Palestinian Humanitarian Aid fund to support efforts like these.