More than ever, Gaza’s fishermen are struggling to make a living. Years of restrictions on their movement and livelihoods have taken a heavy toll, and the latest escalation in violence has made things worse. At least 32 boats and 1,000 nets have been destroyed, affecting the livelihood of 3,600 farmers. Sabri Baker, 53, “Before this military operation started, the situation was already very bad. Now my boat is gone I have nothing at all. I really do not know what will I do now, or how I will even provide food to my children.â

Amid rising casualties and violence in Gaza, Oxfam’s partners on the ground are reporting that vital water and sanitation infrastructure has also been destroyed or badly damaged.

Services are now struggling to cope and the insecurity is making it difficult to deliver aid. Oxfam’s partners in Gaza are trying to respond to the mounting human cost of the violence.

An estimated 1,800,000 people in the Gaza Strip are affected by the escalating violence in the region. Civilians make up the majority of casualties – around 80%.

Since 7 July over 170 people have died and over 1400 have been injured.

Tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced, with over 17,000 sheltering in UNRWA schools.

The water supply to 600,000 people is at risk as the Gaza water utility has had to suspend work after two of its staff were killed.

Over 1200 homes have been destroyed or severely damaged.

Health facilities damaged include 2 hospitals, 4 clinics, 1 care facility for the disabled, and 4 ambulances

Over 70 schools have been damaged by shelling.