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Caritas provides health care in Palestine
Caritas responds to the emergency needs of the people of Palestine– regardless of their race or religion. Caritas Jerusalem, Caritas Jordan and Caritas Syria were formed in 1967 to help both internal and external refugees trying to escape conflict.
Caritas continues to believe in peace and justice and to hope for a better future.
Caritas runs a medical centre and a mobile health clinic in Gaza and has trained a network of 180 community health agents. Gaza is a particular priority for Caritas as it is so very poor. Half the population is under 18 and unemployment stands at 30 percent.
In times of particular crisis, Caritas distributes clean drinking water, milk formula, food and blankets. Trauma and grief counseling is provided, as is financial support for people whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed.
Caritas Updates from Palestine
The Israeli offensive in Gaza continues, with civilian casualties, destruction of buildings, damage to infrastructure and internal displacement continuing to rise. During a short ceasefire, CRS reached families whose homes had been totally destroyed.
Jalila Ayyad, the first Christian casualty in the conflict in Gaza, died in her home yesterday when a shell hit. One of her sons, Jeries, is in hospital with serious wounds. Caritas Jerusalem is trying to evacuate him out of Gaza to East Jerusalem.
I saw many injured people at the hospital. Their faces were full of fear and sadness. It is hard to describe the desolation that people feel in Gaza.
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