Another Lockdown, Gazans in Need of Food

Hundreds of people have been reportedly infected by COVID-19 in Gaza. There have also been reports of casualties. Another lockdown was imposed by the local government to curb the virus. Sadly, the lockdown has added more suffering to the people living in the besieged area.

The lockdown in Gaza was extended following the increase of COVID-19 cases. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA - Of the 221 COVID-19 cases recorded in Gaza, three of them died, as reported by Information Systems Unit of the Palestinian Ministry of Health on August 28, 2020. The coronavirus has finally scourged the Gazan populations as several people have been reportedly died from the virus.

The lockdown that has been imposed since Tuesday (8/25) was extended until Sunday (8/30). With almost all shops in Gaza closed, the locals are unable to get basic needs.

"Now, they are in urgent need of food and water. The virus has rapidly spread among the Gazans, and the number of infected people has grown significantly,” said Said Mukaffiy of Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Global Humanity Response (GHR) team.

Aid agencies fear Covid-19 could destroy the densely-populated region. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), even before the pandemic, more than two thirds of Gazans suffer from food insecurity due to years of blockade.

ACT Partners in Gaza checking the conditions throughout Gaza. (ACTNews)

Many of the Gazans live in crammed refugee camps. “The situation is Gaza is very worrying, especially since 70 percent of the population are refugees and they live in overcrowded camps, with often inadequate living conditions,” said Dr Ayadil Saparbekov, head of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Team in the Palestinian Territories, as reported by Reuters.

The recent escalation of the conflict has also added to the suffering of the people of Gaza. Since August 6, Israeli warplanes have launched several airstrikes on several areas in Gaza. Many structures have been destroyed though there have been no reports of casualties.

To alleviate the suffering of the people of Gaza, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) ACT will send food and clean water assistance through the Indonesia Humanitarian Center and the Mobile Water Tank. "Insha Allah, this week, we are distributing food packages from the IHC and clean water from the Water Truck. We hope that these two programs can support their daily needs during the lockdown," added Said.

ACT also hopes to be able to deploy its ambulance to assist the people of Gaza who suffer from serious illnesses. "The clinic has been closed due to the lockdown. However, Insha Allah, our ambulance is ready to go to their homes directly to provide medical assistance for those who are suffering from illnesses other than COVID-19. We hope that we can do this," said Said.

ACT invited generous Indonesian philanthropists to support the Palestinians. "Imagine how difficult their life is to live in pandemic, poverty, and war. We are inviting all philanthropists to provide best assistance to our brothers and sisters in Palestine, especially Gaza," ended Said. []