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Gaza hospitals brace for surging COVID-19 cases amidst bombing and severe electricity shortages, warns Oxfam

Hospitals and Palestinians in Gaza, one of the most densely populated places on the planet, are bracing for the Coronavirus pandemic. Only three to four hours of electricity per day, as entry of fuel has been restricted by Israel, has forced Gaza’s single electricity plant to shut down, compounding the risk of infection for two […]

One air raid every ten days on hospitals, clinics, wells and water tanks throughout Yemen war

Medical and water infrastructure in Yemen has been hit during air raids almost 200 times since the conflict escalated more than five years ago, Oxfam said today, as the country continued to battle its outbreak of COVID 19. That’s equivalent to one air raid every ten days during the conflict affecting hospitals, clinics, ambulances, water […]

Oxfam urges Government to condemn Israel’s proposed annexation of parts of the West Bank

Oxfam Australia is urging the Federal Government to take a strong stand against Israel’s proposed annexation of parts of the West Bank, with plans to push ahead with the proposal scheduled to begin today. The call comes amid growing concerns of an escalation of tensions and violence between Israelis and Palestinians in the middle of […]

Cyclone threatens Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh as first Covid-19 cases are confirmed

Almost one million Rohingya people in the world’s largest refugee camp are facing the added threat of a cyclone as the first cases of Covid-19 are confirmed, Oxfam warned today. The cyclone, which looks likely to form off the coast over the weekend, could bring further suffering and destruction to the camps on top of a […]

Ceasefire and funding needed by two billion people caught between conflict & COVID-19: Oxfam

Oxfam has calculated that the US$1.9 trillion in 2019 global military spending would have paid for the UN’s updated coronavirus appeal more than 280 times, as the aid agency again calls for the Australian Government to contribute its fair share to the global pandemic response. A new Oxfam report, Conflict in the Time of Coronavirus, […]

Two Oxfam workers killed in attack in Syria

Two Oxfam aid workers were today killed in an attack at 2pm local time in Dar’a governorate in Southern Syria, between Nawa and Al-Yadudah. Wissam Hazim, Southern Hub Staff Safety Officer and Adel Al-Halabi, a driver, were both killed when their vehicle was attacked by a so-far unidentified armed group. An Oxfam volunteer was also […]

Death toll in Yemen conflict surpasses 100,000, Oxfam calls for halt to arms sales

Today the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) announced that the number of reported fatalities in Yemen since 2015 has passed 100,000. This includes over 12,000 civilians killed in direct attacks, ACLED said. Muhsin Siddiquey, Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen, said: “This is further proof of the mindless destruction and injustice of the […]

15 million Yemenis see water supplies cut amid fuel crisis

Water supplies have been cut to 15 million people in Yemen because of a fuel crisis, putting them at risk of deadly diseases like cholera, analysis by aid agencies, including Oxfam, has shown. Eleven million people relying on water supplied by piped networks and four million people who depend on water trucked in by private […]

15 aid agencies warn of humanitarian crisis in North-East Syria

Civilians in north-east Syria are at risk and humanitarian aid could be cut off following the launch of a new military operation in the area, leading aid agencies are warning. Reports from humanitarian responders on the ground say civilians are already on the move and that some vital services have been interrupted, including medical facilities […]

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