Gaza: Palestine Red Crescent Society launches emergency appeal

Published: 31 December 2008 0:00 CET

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has launched a preliminary emergency appeal for 6.8 million US dollars (4.9 million euro, 7.2 million Swiss franc) to support its response to the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip. The PRCS spearheads emergency medical evacuations on the ground in Gaza and remains at its highest state of alert in the Occupied Territories.

The suffering that is being witnessed on the ground in Gaza shows once again that civilians are paying the ultimate price in terms of loss of life and mounting numbers of wounded. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is extremely concerned about the fate of civilians in the conflict area and is especially concerned about the safety of the medical and volunteer staff of its member national society.

The IFRC supports the PRCS appeal as a necessary mean to increase the National Society's capacity in responding to the needs in the Gaza strip.