Episcopal Relief & Development responds to Israel-Hamas war

Episcopal Relief & Development
Posted Oct 12, 2023

Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Al Ahli Hospital, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, to provide emergency support in Gaza following the outbreak of war in the region.

Over 2200 people have been killed in Israel and Palestine following an unprecedented attack by the militant group Hamas. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been displaced, and thousands have been injured, placing additional strain on hospitals and other institutions.

Al Ahli Hospital, with the support of Episcopal Relief & Development, is recruiting emergency staff and acquiring essential supplies such as medicines, ICU equipment, fuel and food. Staff are also providing psychosocial support to all people affected by the war.

“Al Ahli Hospital is committed to continuing to provide 24/7 health services for all people in need of medical care,” said Suhaila Tarazi, Director, Al Ahli Hospital. “The role of Al Ahli Hospital could be highly significant in saving lives during emergencies and in eliminating the gap in the healthcare system.”

The situation in Gaza is becoming increasingly desperate as ongoing attacks impact refugee camps, hospitals and other institutions.

“Life in Gaza is paralyzed,” said Nagulan Nesiah, Senior Program Officer, Episcopal Relief & Development. “This is affecting people’s access to basic needs, particularly health.”

Episcopal Relief & Development remains in touch with the Diocese of Jerusalem and other partners in the region as the events unfold. Please pray for peace in the Holy Land as they experience violence and consider making a contribution to the Episcopal Relief & Development Middle East Fund. Support of this fund will help to provide medicine and other supplies and help our partners tend to the physical and psychosocial wounds of all people affected by this conflict.