Despite the continuing insecurity in Beit Hanoun, IR staff are providing basic food rations
Islamic Relief (IR) has begun distributing aid to the residents of the troubled Palestinian town of Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip.
The town had been under military siege for five days and was continuously shelled during this period. More than 70 people have been killed and more than 200 injured.
During the siege 400 houses were partially destroyed and at least 300 people have been made homeless. A further 400 people have been left without food and blankets.
Little remains of the town’s infrastructure and acres of land have been bulldozed.
IR aid workers have delivered 1,500 emergency food parcels so far
Michael Eccles, IR’s co-ordinator for the region said:“Despite the
continuing insecurity in Beit Hanoun, IR staff from our Gaza City
office have carried out an assessment of the situation and are
providing basic food rations and provisions for hospitals in the town
to try and ease the suffering. However, much more food and equipment is
Islamic Relief response so far:
- Distribution of 1,500 emergency food parcels
- Provision of 400 items of clothing for distribution at three hospitals
Work planned in the coming days:
- Distribution of further food parcels
- Distribution of milk and nappies
- Distribution of 300 hygiene packs and medical equipment to hospitals