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GAZA, PALESTINE December 14, 2023 – Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian nonprofit, is currently sending winter relief and other emergency humanitarian aid into Gaza through Rafah Crossing. A total of 14 aid trucks in Baitulmaal’s first humanitarian aid convoy from Egypt made it into Gaza.
These shipments contain items such as 40,000 winter clothing items and 120 tonnes of flour. This aid has been unloaded into our warehouse in Gaza and is being prepared for distribution in the coming weeks.
Baitulmaal’s first convoy of aid will bring in direly needed humanitarian aid such as food, shelter items, and winter supplies, with medical aid also on the way.
Since October 7, Israeli forces have killed more than 18,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Israel also imposed a blockade on food, water, fuel and electricity from entering Gaza. Prior to October 7, Gaza relied on more than 500 humanitarian aid trucks per day to meet the needs of the population. Since then, only a fraction of aid trucks have been allowed in. Hundreds of trucks are currently waiting for a green light at the Rafah border crossing in Egypt, ready to deliver lifesaving aid to 2.3 million besieged Palestinians.
Baitulmaal has been on the ground in Gaza providing food, shelter kits, hygiene supplies, clean water, psychosocial support and other emergency aid since October 7. Prior to October 7, Baitulmaal had been working in Palestine for more than a decade, providing food, clothing, education support, seasonal giving, emergency aid and healthcare in Palestine, in addition to operating 400 water tanks in Gaza . Having staff and resources on the ground enables Baitulmaal to quickly mobilize emergency aid from existing stock within Gaza to families in need.
Baitulmaal continues to provide aid during the current crisis and will deliver more aid into Gaza as the situation allows. If you would like to learn more about or contribute to Baitulmaal’s efforts in Palestine, please visit their website at Baitulmaal.org.
Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Texas, the charity has domestic offices in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey as well as international offices in Europe, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.
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* Note: This press release has been updated to reflect new information about the number of trucks that entered Gaza through Rafah Crossing as of December 14, 2023