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Ukraine and Middle East Conflicts — Movement Update 01/07/2024

01/30/2024 11:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The ICRC has massively scaled up their response in Ukraine to meet the rising needs. More than 800 staff are working in eight locations to deliver relief items to those who are displaced, provide medicines and supplies to health care facilities, restore water supplies, and more.

Through its emergency appeal, the IFRC continues to support the Ukrainian Red Cross and other national societies in the region. Many of the millions who fled are unable to return home, and those who remain face dire conditions, with limited access to water, heat, health care and other essential services. The impacts on people's mental health, whether they are inside or outside Ukraine, is a growing concern. The devastation continues to affect every aspect of people's lives.

In the Gaza, more than 167 humanitarian aid workers and 300 healthcare workers have lost their lives while serving those seeking safety and care. Additional aid workers have been injured and ambulances have come under attack. In the Middle East, the ICRC and the IFRC have worked with national societies, particularly the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and Magen David Adom (MDA), to deliver aid and carry out essential services. The ICRC has established a dialogue on respect for International Humanitarian Law and the Protection of Civilians and continues to bring families together, thus far facilitating the release, transfer and return of more than 100 hostages from Gaza and more than 150 Palestinian detainees from Israeli places of detention.

In Israel, MDA has been supporting affected communities since the beginning, with ambulance and medical services on call 24/7. Staff and volunteers risk their lives to tend to the wounded and deceased. A total of 1,500 ambulances and 10,000 EMTs and paramedics have been mobilized since October 7, and they have treated more than 4,000 patients. MDA is also helping prepare communities for further escalation. It offers free first-aid training focusing on trauma care. It has also gathered, tested and processed more than 50,000 units of blood to supply ambulances, mobile intensive care units, hospitals and clinics.

As the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip worsens, PRCS teams are working around the clock in extremely difficult and dangerous circumstances, providing emergency medical care to more than 15,000 injured. Ambulance crews have also responded, as more than 5,000 people were killed in the conflict. Relief items for displaced families in temporary shelters and at hospitals include food parcels, milk, blankets, mattresses, water as well as some hygiene kits, kitchen sets, and baby necessities.

More than 5,200 trucks containing medical supplies, food, water and hygiene products were delivered and distributed by PRCS and UNRWA. More than 300 truckloads of humanitarian aid entered North Gaza during a humanitarian pause, while 81 ambulances were also distributed. The Egyptian Red Crescent (ERCS) is at the forefront of the humanitarian response in Gaza, with support from more than 39 countries and UN agencies.

In the West Bank, PRCS has provided emergency medical care to more than 3,700 injured people. Ambulance crews have also transported more than 115 people killed in the fighting.

The IFRC – in close coordination with the ICRC – continues to support the response of its membership, as significant humanitarian actors in their own geographies, and to strengthen their organizational capacities with emergency appeals and coordination of responses.

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