IOCC Expresses Concern about Escalating Violence in the Gaza Strip

Baltimore, MD (April 2, 2010) — A series of bombing raids on Gaza in recent weeks, including one that injured three children overnight, as well as rocket strikes on southern Israel have raised concern regarding the possibility of escalating violence in the Holy Land and another humanitarian crisis for its people. The surge in violence is the worst since the 22-day conflict in Gaza in December 2008 that claimed the lives of more than 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis and created a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

“Today, as we observe Holy Friday commemorating the death of Christ on the Cross, we pray that the violence in Gaza and the Holy Land will end and that there will be peace for all of its people,” said Constantine Triantafilou, IOCC executive director.

IOCC remains in close contact with field staff in Jerusalem and in the Gaza Strip who continue to implement humanitarian relief projects in the region.

Since 1997, IOCC has worked with local partners in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories to provide emergency relief including food, blankets, hygiene supplies and medicines. IOCC, a member of the ACT Alliance, has received support from the U.S. Agency for International Development and ACT partners for projects that will regenerate small-scale agriculture by providing agricultural inputs to farmers, rebuild community centers and expand education programs, improve the delivery of health care services, and repair homes.

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