ACTNews, GAZA – In the midst of the lockdown that has restricted the activities of the Gazans, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) visited the houses of the people in Gaza in Al Nuseirat Camp in Central Gaza to avoid creating a crowd. Hundreds of hygiene kits and vitamins were delivered to the people in Gaza on Thursday (9/10).
Said Mukaffiy from Aksi Cepat Tanggap’s Global Humanity Response reported that the aid is expected to strengthen the health of the people of Gaza amid the lockdown, pandemic, and blockade.
The activities in Gaza are still restricted. Since the Covid-19 cases surged in late August, Gaza has been once again on lockdown. Around 44,763 Covid-19 cases were reported, with 291 died as of Sunday (9/20).
"Activities have started in several regions in Gaza. In Yellow Zones where the Covid-19 cases have decreased, people are allowed to do several activities. The red zones where the Covid-19 cases are still high are still on lockdown. Among the Yellow Zones are Beit Lahiya, Beit Hanoun and Jabalia. Meanwhile, Khan Yunis and Rafah are still on total lockdown for the next three days,” Said explained. Al Nuseirat, the location of the aid distribution, is one of the Yellow Zones.
More than 60 thousand people in Al-Nusirat Camp live in poverty and are dependent on humanitarian assistance.
Children living in Al-Nusirat Camp. (ACTNews)
"The refugees in Al Nuseirat Camp have been living in makeshift camps. Due to its poor hygiene, the inhabitants of the camp are prone to diseases. We hope that this assistance can help them maintain the cleanliness around the camp,” added Said.
In addition to the ongoing conflict, occupation, and blockade, the Covid-19 pandemic has also shattered Palestinian economy. As UNCTAD reported, Lockdown measures to control COVID-19 since it was reported in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in early March have had grave fiscal implications. Barely a month after the outbreak, revenues collected by the PNA from trade, tourism, and transfers declined to their lowest levels in 20 years.
"We are calling each part of the Indonesian community to care for the people of Gaza. You can support them by donating through Indonesia Dermawan website or to BNI Syariah account number 6600003314 in the name of Aksi Cepat Tanggap, ”Said concluded.