While Israel pulled its troops and thousands of Jews out of the territory in 2005, it continues to exercise control over most of Gaza's land borders, as well as its territorial waters and airspace.
In June 2013, violence once again erupted in this region following the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers. Israel blamed the abduction on the Islamist militant group, Hamas, and began air strikes on the Gaza strip.
Tensions rose even further after the suspected revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem on 2 July.
On 7 July, following a series of Israeli air strikes, Hamas fired rockets for the first time in 20 months. The next day, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge, aimed at stopping rocket attacks and destroying Hamas' capabilities. Since then, there have been thousands of air strikes and thousands of rockets have been fired. As of August 19, 2014, nearly 2,000 Palestinian people and 67 Israeli people have been killed.
World Renew is partnering with TEAR Fund New Zealand and the Bethlehem Bible College’s humanitarian arm, The Shepherd Society to respond to this crisis. For the next three months, families will receive cash grants to purchase much needed food, medicine and new accommodation where their homes have been destroyed. Staff social workers are assessing the needs of affected families, and a psychologist is also providing counselling to traumatized families.
Additional information coming soon.