In this informative, three-minute video, Christian Cardon, the ICRC's head of office in Gaza, talks about the dramatic living conditions there, and what we're doing to help people affected by the ongoing violence.
Also, on Friday, the ICRC put out a news release, calling on all sides to protect civilians and medical workers caught in the midst of the escalating conflict.
"The human impact of this vicious circle of armed violence is worsening by the hour," said Jacques de Maio, who heads all our operations in Israel and the occupied territories. "Civilians must be protected. In all cases, ambulances, hospitals and medical workers must be ensured the conditions of safety they require to carry out their vital work."
As the number of casualties continues to grow, with dozens reported killed and hundreds injured, the ICRC is working around the clock in close coordination with the Palestine Red Crescent Society and the Magen David Adom to ensure a swift response to medical and other needs. The ICRC has adapted its operational setup, its capacity for action and its security measures to ensure that it is able to meet humanitarian needs arising from the intensification of hostilities.
Read the full news release here.
16.7.14 - ICRC's Head of Office in Gaza Christian Cardon gives an update on the current humanitarian situation, and describes the priorities and activities of the organization on day 8 of hostilities.