WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 5, 2014) — Save the Children welcomes the new ceasefire in Gaza, which if it holds will allow aid agencies to deliver urgently needed supplies to families. The humanitarian situation is critical, with the public health system on the verge of collapse, half a million people displaced from their homes and electricity and water supplies cut off.
Save the Children's David Hassell says: "For the sake of children and their families, we are hoping that this ceasefire holds. It is desperately needed, as essential services in Gaza have all but collapsed and we are struggling to reach the most vulnerable children caught in this conflict.
Our teams are on the ground now during the ceasefire, reaching out to the thousands of displaced families in urgent need of water, shelter, and psychological support. But 72 hours is not enough to deal with the sheer scale of the destruction and humanitarian need, which is why it is imperative all sides agree to a permanent ceasefire. In the longer term, we need a peace deal which promotes dignity and security for both Israelis and Palestinians, and includes the ending of the blockade to allow Gaza to begin to recover."
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