Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Belgian Red Cross-Flanders calls for donations for victims

To date, the Red Cross-Flanders has received only 9,000 euros for humanitarian aid after the escalation of the conflict in the Middle East. Therefore, the organisation calls on people to contribute to what they refer to as "one of the largest humanitarian crises in recent history."

“The financial support we receive to help the victims on the ground is in stark contrast to the great needs there,” said Sofie De Jaeger, International Cooperation Manager of the Belgian Red Cross-Flanders. “We understand that there have been many humanitarian crises in the past two years and that people have already provided much support. But victims in the Middle East need our help now more than ever.”

More than 6,000 civilian deaths and more than 20,000 injuries have already occurred since the escalation between the countries on 7 October. In addition, approximately one million people have had to leave their homes, either fleeing or finding temporary shelter in United Nations shelters.

There are several Red Cross Societies active in the region, such as the Palestinian Red Crescent, Magen David Adom – the Israeli Red Cross Society – and the International Red Cross, among others. More than 8,000 victims have already received urgent medical attention, and relief supplies have been distributed to roughly 75,000 people. These supplies include water, food packages, hygiene kits, blankets and mattresses.

“But there is a need for much more humanitarian support. The fact that trucks carrying medical equipment and relief supplies are now gradually being allowed into the Gaza Strip via the border with Egypt is a small ray of hope in that regard. All the more reason to now massively scale up emergency aid so that many more victims can be helped,” says De Jaeger.

Anyone who wants to contribute can do so via the account number BE53 0000 0000 5353, mentioning “conflict Middle East” or online via

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