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.

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: January-June 2022

  • 285
    visits to Palestinian detainees in Israeli and Palestinian places of detention were carried out.
  • 3,500
    Over 3,500 detainees were able to see their loved ones through regular visits. We also facilitated the exchange of 21 Red Cross Messages and over 500 salamats (verbal greetings) between detainees and their families.
  • 353
    We provided cash grants to almost 4,800 households in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.
  • 47,000
    We helped vaccinate over 47,000 sheep and goats against chlamydia to reduce the morality of fetuses in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture in the West Bank; and we provided 140 farmers in the Gaza Strip with agricultural inputs.
  • 710,000
    ICRC helped to maintain and improve access to clean drinking water, sanitation and electricity for 710,000 in the West Bank and Gaza
  • 230
    Medical staff members benefitted from over 10 Basic Emergency and Trauma trainings

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