Mercy Corps welcomes Gaza cease-fire; calls for lasting, just peace

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West Bank and Gaza, August 6, 2014

Global humanitarian agency delivers humanitarian assistance to 83,000 Gazans, and counting

Washington, DC – Mercy Corps welcomes the new cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and urges all parties to work toward a durable solution to the conflict that contributes to a just peace for the region. As the largest humanitarian aid presence in Gaza, next to the United Nations, Mercy Corps has already delivered food and other essential items to more than 83,000 people forced to flee their homes.

With only three days of truce, Mercy Corps teams in Gaza are rushing to assess urgent and growing needs and to redirect humanitarian supplies to areas where civilians are most desperate. Nearly half a million people – about one-fourth of Gaza’s population – have been displaced from their homes. The public health system is on the verge of collapse, and electricity and water supplies are cut off.

Mercy Corps has 87 staff members on the ground in the Gaza Strip and an established network of more than 50 community-based organizations. The global agency, which has been working in Gaza since the 1980s, has been delivering aid to civilians in Gaza throughout the current conflict.

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About Mercy Corps: Mercy Corps is a leading global humanitarian agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places. With a network of experienced professionals in more than 40 countries, we partner with local communities to put bold ideas into action to help people recover, overcome hardship and build better lives.

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