Israel and the occupied territories

In Israel and occupied territories, the ICRC strives to bring about a difference in people's lives through its activities and programmes. We visit detainees, reunite families, support livelihood projects, and help improve access to the essential services, like water and electricity. Above all, we stand up for people and promote their rights and dignity.

We have been present in Israel and occupied territories since 1967 and work with the Palestine Red Crescent Society and the Magen David Adom Society. The ICRC has offices in Tel Aviv, West Bank and Gaza.



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In numbers

In 2019

  • 1.2 million
    people in the Gaza Strip could maintain or improve access to clean drinking water, sanitation and electricity from our water and infrastructure projects.
  • 500
    health staff was trained to provide mental health consultations and 250 people in the Gaza strip recieved this service.
  • 85,374
    family members were able to visit 6,375 of their Palestinian relatives in Israeli places of detention, providing transportation and facilitating permits.
  • 552
    people in the Gaza Strip participated in cash for work program and 148 people received cash grants to start new businesses
  • 3,500
    people were provided with physical rehabilitation services and mobility devices in Artificial Limbs and Polio Center in Gaza.
  • 2,400
    verbal greetings and 650 Red Cross Messages were exchanged between detainees and their family members and between separated families across borders.

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