Donations for the Palestinian people is pouring in from across the Arab world, with urgent calls for more assistance as the Gaza crisis escalates.
UAE Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, ordered humanitarian aid of $13 million be provided to the Palestinian people. The ruler’s global initiative programme, part of the UAE’s policy of providing immediate relief and support to vulnerable populations, will provide aid.
UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan allocated $20 million in humanitarian aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees, while wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, another Emirate within the UAE, has asked for the Big Heart Foundation to donate $8.2 million to the people of Gaza.
Shopping malls across the UAE have been central to donation efforts, with volunteers packing foods.
Taawon, Palestine’s largest non-profit organisation based in Ramallah, as well as in Lebanon and Jordan, say donations are critical for medical supplies and rebuilding homes.
The Qatar Charity (QC) has launched a relief campaign for urgent humanitarian needs, providing fuel for hospitals and vital facilities, essential medical treatments for the wounded, and food for needy families.
International organisations have also launched appeals. The United Nations issued an urgent appeal on 12 October for $294 million for humanitarian aid to those living in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society Gaza continues to operate on the ground with limited resources for civilians.
Shafi Musaddique is a news editor at Alliance magazine.