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Aid for Gaza needed

January 9, 2009 No Comment

Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) has issued an appeal for humanitarian relief in Gaza. Donations can be made by calling 1-800-661-2597 or visiting www.clwr.org/donate.

CLWR, through Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, is responding to emergency needs as the situation develops. Priority relief measures in the coming days and weeks include the provision of food items like rice, flour and high protein biscuits; cooking fuel; blankets; medical supplies; and psychosocial counselling. It is hoped that the daily three-hour “humanitarian window” in which the Israelis will suspend their offensive will make it easier to transport supplies into Gaza and distribute them to medical facilities and Palestinian civilians.

Aid workers report desperate circumstances. Food is in extremely short supply. Fuel is running low. Mobile medical clinics have been destroyed by Israeli air strikes. Hospitals continue to receive a steady stream of patients, many of them civilians who were struck by shrapnel or falling debris while sitting in their homes.

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