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Aid official says Gazans have lost hope, situation worse than during war

Palestinian woman

SIX months after the end of the most recent war in Gaza, there is still a “grave humanitarian crisis” in the narrow strip wedged between the Egyptian and Israeli borders, where more than 1.8 million Palestinians live closed off to the world because of an international embargo. Following a visit to the area at the end of February, Catholic Near ... Read More »

Catholic aid groups hope latest Israeli-Hamas cease-fire holds

Palestinians celebrate cease-fire

CATHOLIC aid organisations are hopeful that the most recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will hold as they begin to assess the needs in Gaza after 50 days of war. “This is a window of opportunity,” said Sami El-Yousef, Catholic Near East Welfare Association’s regional director for Israel and the Palestinian territories. “(We hope) the unity government will take the ... Read More »

Text said to evacuate, but Gaza parish staff had nowhere to go

Gaza City airstrikes

WHEN the staff at the lone Catholic parish in the Gaza Strip received text warnings to evacuate the premises, they had nowhere to go. Caritas Jerusalem president Fr Raed Abusahlia, who has been in contact with the parish priest, told Catholic News Service that Fr Jorge Hernandez of the Institute of the Incarnate Word and three nuns who live at ... Read More »

Phone calls, evacuations: Gaza’s Christians work together to stay safe

Gaza Strip

MEMBERS of the tiny Christian community in the Gaza Strip have been keeping tabs on each other and lending a helping hand to keep each other safe during Israeli airstrikes throughout the region, but nowhere in the territory is really safe, said a priest at the territory’s only Catholic parish. Fr Jorge Hernandez, an Argentine member of the Institute of ... Read More »

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