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GAZA, PALESTINE, January 16, 2021 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, recently delivered winter aid to 120 families suffering from poverty in the Gaza Strip.

Families were identified to receive the aid based on their level of need and number of dependents. Priority was given to women-headed households or those with ill, disabled or special needs members. Each family was provided a winter kit that included a space heater, blankets, winter coats, hats, gloves, socks and shoes.

The aid comes at a particularly difficult time for Gazans who live in destroyed and dilapidated areas of Gaza, according to Elizabeth Sohail, program manager at Baitulmaal.

β€œWinter is already a dreaded time of year for many Palestinians,” Sohail said. β€œWe are working to ensure that the most vulnerable families are warm and dry as they try to survive winter during a global pandemic.”

The Gaza Strip is commonly referred to as the world’s largest open air prison by humanitarian observers. A restrictive travel ban, crippling economic blockade and continued conflict have propelled the poverty rate in Gaza to 56 percent according to the UN, with COVID-19 worsening an already dire situation. Two million Gazans have limited access to basic needs such as food, clean water, electricity and healthcare, and over 1 million now live under the poverty line.

Baitulmaal provides food, water, medicine and winter aid to people in Palestine. If you would like to learn more or contribute to the emergency aid 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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