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Omear Abu Samhan Mob's family home was destroyed in the Gaza-Israel conflict. CRS responded by distributing essential items in Gaza City. Photo by Shareef Sarhan for CRS

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Crisis in Gaza

It’s been a year since fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants killed more than 2,200 people and changed life as many knew it.

Airstrikes, naval bombardment and a ground invasion turned homes into rubble and destroyed agricultural land. The fighting damaged water networks and electricity lines, while schools were shelled and families were left traumatized.

Today, unemployment rates are at the highest in the world at 44 percent. There is still hope, though. Despite ongoing conflict in and around Gaza and the West Bank, the peace has held.

CRS Response

CRS is working with communities to rebuild their homes and livelihoods. Our efforts include:           

  • Emergency living supplies
  • Shelter
  • Cash-for-work opportunities
  • Agricultural recovery

We also work with local organizations to provide child support centers for school-age children, which offer safe and supervised play areas, counseling and emotional support, and academic enrichment activities.


Rebekah Kates Lemke


Rebekah Kates Lemke
August 4, 2015

Rebekah Kates Lemke is the senior content developer/strategist for Catholic Relief Services. Previously, she was a web producer, branded content writer and editor for CRS and worked in television news for 15 years. She is based in Baltimore, Maryland.More