International Committee of the Red Cross

Uprooted and abandoned in Gaza and the West Bank

Photo gallery 07 September 2017

In Gaza and the West Bank, a powerful feeling of paralysis pervades.

Peter Maurer, the ICRC president, visited Israel and the occupied territories this week to speak to and learn from people on both sides of the conflict. These portraits are just a few of the people he heard from.

"Witnessing these situations profoundly affected me as a father and as a human being," said Maurer. "Every responsible political decision must be made bearing in mind the effect it has on the lives of ordinary people. It was a sobering experience for me to return after three years to see that things have only changed for the worse."