As Israel’s latest bombing campaign of the Gaza Strip comes close to entering its second week and the number of civilians killed climbs, international relief groups have been working to bring aid to Palestinians who have lost or fled their homes during the conflict.
While the government of Qatar has been working to solve the crisis diplomatically, others here are working to mitigate the damage that’s already been caused.
In time for the last days of Ramadan, Qatar-based youth group Mission20, in partnership with Eid Charity, has announced a fundraising drive to help the embattled Gazans.
It is urging residents to contribute to the cause by:
- Sending an SMS to 920246 to donate QR100* (Ooredoo users only);
- Donating online here; or
- Calling to make donations in person around Doha.
Donations will go toward food and medical support for those in need in the Palestinian territory, where, according to the United Nations, hundreds have been killed and thousands are seeking shelter:
More than 83,000 people are now taking refuge in UNRWA schools in #Gaza. Numbers are growing.
— UNRWA (@UNRWA) July 21, 2014
In a statement on its website, Mission20 said:
“Doing protests and similar activities will not make a direct impact on them, but we are coming up with something where you can show what is in your heart through words… Providing financial support will give them the needed support now.”
Meanwhile, in a show of solidarity, telecom provider Ooredoo tweeted today that all mobile calls to Gaza would be free until the end of July:
— Ooredoo Qatar (@OoredooQatar) July 21, 2014
Katara and Aspire are also contributing:
This is commendable. Hats off! pic.twitter.com/WTKGWhwdxl
— Doaa Jabir (@hungrybirdsdoha) July 21, 2014
For more ways to donate to Gaza, see here.
*Editor’s Note: This article initially said QR10 would be donated.