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GAZA STRIP, PALESTINE, May 18, 2021 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, recently distributed food packages for 224,000 meals to residents of the besieged Gaza Strip as well as those living in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. 

This first round of humanitarian aid included food packages and bottled water for Palestinian families impacted by violence in the region, as well as refills of water tanks located in the Gaza Strip. Five hundred families near Damascus Gate (Bab Al-Amood) and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods received food packages for 123,900 meals, and another 500 families in the Gaza Strip received food packages for 100,800 meals along with fresh bread and water.

Baitulmaal field workers are continually assessing the situation in Palestine and responding with ongoing emergency aid for those in need. Elizabeth Sohail, programs manager for Baitulmaal, said she anticipates the need for emergency humanitarian aid to grow with the escalation in violence. 

“Entire families are being ejected from their homes while others watch as their homes are bombed or otherwise destroyed,” said Sohail. “With every lost home is lost food, water as well as income and stability — and they need help now.” 

As of today, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 213 Palestinians have been killed — including 61 children — and over 1,400 injured by Israeli airstrikes that began during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Facing over a half-century of occupation, Palestinians have limited access to food, water, healthcare, electricity, or opportunities for education and employment, and over 80% of Gazans are in need of humanitarian assistance. The recent violence has left thousands homeless and vulnerable as the situation continues to be volatile.

The charity, which has been on the ground in Palestine since its inception, operates 300 water tanks in Gaza and funds healthcare at the Yazour Clinic for underprivileged families in the West Bank. In addition to food, water, winter relief, medication, and emergency humanitarian aid, Baitulmaal also sponsors Palestinian orphans in Lebanon and Jordan. If you would like to learn more or contribute to these programs at Baitulmaal, 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 Dallas, Texas, the charity has offices in: Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Nairobi, Kenya; Mogadishu, Somalia; Amman and Al Ramtha, Jordan; and Karachi, Pakistan.

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