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November 9, 2023

Responding to the announcement of a four-hour daily humanitarian pause in Gaza, Riham Jafari, Advocacy and Communication Coordinator ActionAid Palestine, said: 

“Today’s announcement offers precious little to the two million people in Gaza, displaced, injured, and traumatized, who have faced a month of relentless bombardment and seen critical infrastructure across Gaza all but destroyed.

What use is a four-hour pause each day to hand communities’ bread in the morning before they are bombed in the afternoon? What use is a brief cessation in hostilities when hospital wards lie in ruins and when roads used to deliver medical supplies and food are destroyed? With over half of Gaza’s hospitals closing due to fuel shortages or constant bombardment, there will soon be nowhere to deliver medical supplies to at all. Without fuel in any aid packages, a humanitarian pause does nothing to repair Gaza’s destroyed health system or allow families to cook themselves a meal or power water to their homes to shower. While a humanitarian pause might offer a brief respite for a few days, it is nowhere near enough time to repair the damage to Gazan communities and their homes and lives. 

Over 10,000 people have been killed in one month alone, with so many children tragically making up this gruesome number – more than those that have been killed in Ukraine since the war began over a year ago. A child’s life is worth the same no matter where they live – but for children in Gaza, this seems far from reality. 

Only a permanent ceasefire can put an end to all hostilities and help those whose lives are hanging on by a thread.”


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  • Riham Jafari, Coordinator of Advocacy and Communication for ActionAid Palestine 

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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.