October 14, 2023

Amal Abu Aisha is a woman from the Gaza Strip who fled her home. She shares her concerns about displacement and her pregnant daughter, Razan, who is ready to give birth but is staying at home without anyone who can look after her or assist with the delivery of her baby:

“I do not know what I can do as her husband is fulfilling his medical duty in Gaza hospitals under this difficult situation. I cannot reach her, and she cannot move to the hospital under this constant attack and overcrowding of hospitals. I only need to be next to her…this is her first baby. I cannot imagine how she can bear the severe pains of labor alone.”

Riham Jafari, Coordinator of Advocacy and Communication for ActionAid Palestine, said:

“As thousands of Gazans flee in fear of their lives, abandoning their homes and communities, the targeting of hospitals and critical infrastructure is deeply concerning, an egregious violation of international law and a blatant disregard for human lives.

We are particularly concerned about the devastating impact on the 50,000 pregnant women and newborn babies in Gaza right now, who are all left without essential medical care and the safety they deserve as they make the impossible choice of fleeing with no guarantee of safety, or remaining at risk of almost certain death.”

ActionAid calls for the immediate reversal of the evacuation order and the guarantee of civilians’ full protection and safety.


Notes to editor  

Spokespeople are available:  

  • Nadim Zaghloul – ActionAid Palestine Country Director, currently in the West Bank 
  • Wisam Shweiki – Head of Programmes at ActionAid Palestine, currently in the West Bank 
  • Gemma Cosialls – Country Manager at ActionAid Spain, currently in Jerusalem  

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As the human rights of people in the occupied Palestinian territories continue to be abused, women and children are especially at risk. Gaza faces a dire lack of medical facilities, schools, and homes, as so many have been hit by Israeli airstrikes. ActionAid works in communities near the border with Israel that have been most directly affected by the violence. ActionAid's women-led response is supporting the most vulnerable and marginalized individuals and communities.