Contribution to the ICRC Appeal in Israel and the Occupied Territories 2024

Contract partner: ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross - Switzerland Country: Palästinensische Gebiete Funding amount: € 3.000.000,00 Project start: 01.01.2024 End: 31.12.2025

Short Description:

Overall goal

The program aims to ensure that civilians and civilian infrastructure are respected and protected in accordance with IHL (International Humanitarian Law). Civilians can restore or preserve their livelihoods and have safe access to essential services.

Expected results

The ICRC aims to achieve the following results for the essential services sub-programme for 2024:

R1 Food Consumption: Patients and medical staff in hospitals in Gaza are provided with food rations for up to 50,000 people (SDG 2);

R2. Food Production: Food production is increased through provision of technical assistance, cash grants, tools and/ or supplies to farming, herding communities and other communities in the West Bank and Gaza for 6,800 individuals (SDG 2);

R3. Income Support: Provision of cash grant or other assistance to households in Gaza and the West Bank (SDG 1);

R4. Living Conditions: Provision of cash grants and vocational training to vulnerable households in Gaza and the West Bank to establish/ maintain businesses (SDG 1, 8);

R5. Water and Habitat: Increased resilience through repair and upgrade of electricity, water and waste-management facilities for more than 2 Mio. people (SDG 6);

R6. Medical Care and Physical Rehabilitation: Health-care systems are supported to provide life-saving and rehabilitative medical care (SDG 3, 10).

Target group / Beneficiaries

With the Austrian contribution of EUR 3 Mio., the ICRC will be able to reach approx. 67,962 people.

Activities will be implemented in Israel, Gaza, West Bank and Golan Heights. The ICRC works closely with the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRCS) and Magen David Adom in Israel (MDA)


Provision of cash (when feasible) or other assistance to cover emergency needs and necessities to households whose main breadwinners were wounded, killed, detained or went missing and households whose homes were demolished or assets confiscated in Gaza and the West Bank; Support to establish/ maintain smalls business through cash grants and vocational trainings;

Distributions of food and and essential household items to patients and medical staff in hospitals in Gaza;

Provision of technical assistance, cash grants, tools and/ or supplies to farming, herding and other communities in Gaza and the West Bank;

Repairs and upgrade of electricity, water and waste-management facilities damaged during hostilities, replenish stocks of critical supplies incl. spare parts and chlorine for treating water;

Clearing of rubble preventing the repair or functioning of essential infrastructure, install solar panels and build water storage facilities near IDP shelters in Gaza;

Upgrade water networks in vulnerable communities in the West Bank;

Upgrade and extension of electrical networks in Gaza and the West Bank;

Additional activities depending on needs.


On 7 October 2023, Hamas launched a large-scale terror attack on Israel which included sexual and gender-based violence, killing over 1100 people, mostly civilians, and taking over 200 people as hostages. Israel responded with a massive military operation in the Gaza Strip. Both operations are unprecedented in scale and nature and continue to exact an immense human toll. Access, security and logistical constraints in Gaza hamper humanitarian actors’ ability to deliver a response that meets people’s needs. In Gaza, civilians are bearing the brunt of the hostilities. People wounded or maimed by weapons and/or emotionally traumatized because of the hostilities struggle to obtain timely, adequate, and uninterrupted care. Most people cannot eat or drink regularly and have lost their homes, because food production has halted, essential goods cannot be imported, critical public infrastructure is near collapse, and residential neighborhoods have been reduced to rubble. The human toll of the ongoing hostilities is immense: tens of thousands of people have been killed or wounded, thousands more are reported missing or arrested, over 130 people are still held hostage in Gaza, and over 200,000 Israelis and 1.7 million Palestinians remain displaced. Scores of people report being subject to abuse. Explosive remnants of war further endanger civilians’ lives.

project number 2609-01/2024
source of funding OEZA
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
marker Poverty: 1
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