The Situation Since the Israel Gaza war started on October 7, 2023, tens of thousands of people have been killed or injured throughout Israel and Gaza. An estimated 1.7 million people have been displaced throughout Gaza – about 87 percent of the population. Intense fighting in Khan Younis continues to push thousands of people into Rafah, where over half of Gaza’s population is currently sheltering, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). Those displaced are largely living in overcrowded, makeshift tents without access to clean water and adequate nutrition, heightening health concerns. A humanitarian pause that began on November 24 led to the release of some of the more than 200 people held hostage and the release of several Palestinian detainees. More than 130 Israelis and foreign nationals have not returned home, according to Israeli authorities. The conflict resumed when the pause ended on November 30. In Israel, hundreds of thousands of people residing near the Gaza Strip, as well as along the border with Lebanon, have either fled or been evacuated. For the latest update on the situation, read the most recent report from the UNOCHA. The conflict has created a major humanitarian crisis. The health care system in Gaza is collapsing with hospitals and health centers damaged and running out of fuel and supplies. Thirteen out of Gaza’s 36 hospitals are partially functional, according to the World Health Organization. Nine hospitals in the south are operating at three times the intended capacity while at the same time facing shortages of fuel and basic supplies. The remaining hospitals in the north are offering limited maternity, trauma and emergency care services. Deaths of health and aid workers have also been reported. The humanitarian pause allowed for an increase in aid to Gaza; the number of trucks entering Gaza rose from about 40 a day to as many as 300 trucks a day. The aid coming into Gaza decreased significantly as the violence resumed and is now averaging around 150 trucks a day. More aid is desperately needed. Updated 2/26/24 The Conflict continues and the need is great. Please Donate Now.