The Israel-Hamas war, which began on Oct. 8 after Hamas militants launched a surprise, unprecedented attack by storming into Israeli towns from the blockaded Gaza Strip, has so far claimed at least 1,600 lives on both sides.
Scores of Israeli soldiers and civilians, as well as dozens of foreigners, are being held hostage by Hamas, which has threatened to execute a captive each time Israeli airstrikes hit a home in Gaza without prior warning.
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Israeli airstrikes have razed whole districts and put Gaza, home to 2.3 million people, under total siege after blocking water, food, and power supplies. On Tuesday, Gaza’s health ministry said Israeli airstrikes had killed at least 770 people and wounded more than 4,000.
According to the United Nations, more than 180,000 Gazans have been displaced so far, with many taking refuge in shelters and schools or huddling in the streets. Humanitarian aid groups operating in Gaza and neighboring Israeli towns say they are scrambling to assist civilians caught in the war from both sides. U.N. agencies have also appealed for a humanitarian corridor into Gaza, which had already been subject to a 16-year land, air, and sea blockade that left two-thirds of families depending on humanitarian aid.
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While showing support from afar can come in many different forms, below is a list of humanitarian aid organizations currently helping victims of war that are seeking donations.
Kibbutz Nir Oz
Residents of the Kibbutz in Nir Oz in the Gaza Strip were attacked on Oct. 7, hiding in shelters as their houses and vehicles were burned down by Hamas militants with a standby squad standing in front of them until the army arrived at noon. They are accepting donations here.
Magen David Adom
Israel’s national emergency medical service is on the frontlines of saving lives in Israel. With emergency ambulances, boats, helicopters, and motorcycles, MDA aims to provide the best of care in critical situations. More information on how to donate here.
An Israel-based humanitarian aid organization, IsraAID’s Emergency Fund aims to meet the immediate and long-term humanitarian needs of affected communities by partnering with local organizations and civil society initiatives. More information on how to donate here.
Jewish Agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror
An American charity, JAFINA’s Fund for Victims of Terror, is a first responder when terror strikes, providing immediate assistance to terror victims within 24-48 hours of an attack and following up with long-term rehabilitative support. More information on how to donate here.
Alliance for Middle East Peace
ALLMEP is a coalition of over 170 non-governmental organizations, including tens of thousands of Palestinians and Israelis, for Palestinian and Israeli peacebuilding. It is currently assisting in emergency response. More information on how to donate here.
Medical Aid for Palestinians
MAP’s Emergency Appeal is responding to the current emergency in Gaza, where MAP’s team is releasing essential drugs, disposables, and essential healthcare supplies to hospitals struggling to cope with an influx of serious injuries. More information on how to donate here.
Palestine Children’s Relief Fund
PCRF is a humanitarian organization in Palestine delivering medical relief and humanitarian aid to conflict victims in Gaza. It is serving immediate medical attention and basic necessities to children affected by the newest round of airstrikes. More information on how to donate here.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency
UNRWA estimates that more than half of the 123,000 people internally displaced in Gaza from the latest round of fighting are sheltering in dozens of schools. It has designated emergency shelters to host them and provide critical aid. More information on how to donate here.
The International Red Cross
ICRC is an impartial, neutral, and independent organization with a humanitarian mission to help victims of armed conflict and violence. It has called for an end to the violence between Israel and Hamas militants. More information on how to donate here.
Doctors Without Borders
MSF is an independent charity providing medical care and supplies to victims of conflict, disease outbreaks, and disasters. It has called on all parties to ensure the safety of civilians. It is donating medical supplies to hospitals in Gaza. More information on how to donate here.
Save the Children
The global charity has called on all parties to show restraint and keep children and families safe. It is providing assistance, notably for mental health impact, to children affected by the attacks. More information on how to donate here.