Israel and the occupied territories

In Israel and the 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.

Since the dramatic escalation of the conflict on 7 October 2023, we are sparing no effort to attenuate on both sides the humanitarian consequences of an unprecedented crisis. We are calling for safe and sustained humanitarian access and remind all parties that international humanitarian law protects civilians, medical facilities and humanitarian personnel.

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



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In numbers

Our response in 2022

  • 555 visits
    to Palestinian detainees held in Israeli and Palestinian detention facilities.
  • Over 5,000 detainees
    were able to see their loved ones through regular visits. We also facilitated the exchange of 50 Red Cross Messages and over 1,100 salamat (i.e., verbal greetings) between detainees and their families, and between separated families across borders.
  • 140 families
    whose houses were demolished in East Jerusalem and other locations in the West Bank received cash grants.
  • 3,374
    WDs were supported with physical rehabilitation services and their integration into society was promoted in partnership with the Artificial Limbs and Polio Center (ALPC) in the Gaza Strip.
  • more than 1,750,000
    residents in the West Bank and Gaza Strip Access to essential services (i.e., water, electricity, and wastewater treatment) was enhanced.

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