Gaza Tries to Survive Amidst Winter, Airstrikes, Pandemic

In the advent of winter, Gaza must not only fight against the freezing temperature and the Covid-19 cases. On Sunday, (11/22), Israeli warplanes launched attacks on a number of areas in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli warplanes attacking areas in Gaza. (WAFA)

ACTNews, GAZA - Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza on Sunday (11/22) morning. Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that the attack caused property damage but no casualties.

According to WAFA, Israel fired three missiles that hit a location to the west of Gaza City, destroying residential facilities. Israeli rockets also targeted agricultural areas. In addition, Israeli warplanes targeted the western part of the city of Khan Younis and Rafah.

Amid the airstrikes, many of the Gazans still have to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and the chilly winter. The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that at least 684 Covid-19 cases were reported in Gaza.

Residents in northern Gaza received blankets through Aksi Cepat Tanggap’s Winter Aid program. (ACTNews)

A microbiologist who has worked on the pandemic in Gaza, Abdelraouf Elmanama said 79 out of 100 ventilators in Gaza were already used to treat Covid-19 patients. "Within 10 days, the health system in Gaza will have difficulty handling the increasing number of Covid-19 cases. Maybe there will some patients that won’t be able to be treated at the ICU, "said Elmanama.

The pandemic also influences the locals’ livelihood. Since the beginning of the pandemic, thousands have lost their jobs, and the monthly income of Gazan workers has fallen by up to 90%. People are also concerned that the upcoming winter will further exacerbate the outbreak.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap, as an Indonesian humanitarian institution that also focuses on international issues, is raising funds to support the Palestinians during winter through the Indonesia Dermawan website. ACT also offers donation packages through which the donors can choose between IDR 560,000 and IDR 935,000 donation packages for Palestinian families.

"Insha Allah, our efforts can help the Palestinians, including those living in Gaza, in facing winter. Food packages and winter gear means a lot for them,” said Zahid. []