The Singapore Red Cross Society will donate $150,000 (S$205,412) to continuing humanitarian operations in Israel and Gaza.
The organization announced in a media statement on Monday (Oct 16) that it will send humanitarian aid to both Israeli and Palestinian aid services, including Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency medical service, and the Palestine Red Crescent Society.
“The Palestine Red Crescent Society and the Magen David Adom have been working tirelessly to provide critical assistance to those affected, with their staff and volunteers risking their lives every day,” said Mr Benjamin William, CEO of the Singapore Red Cross, on Monday.
A public fundraising appeal was launched on Monday and will continue until the end of January next year.
Mr. William further recommended the protection of medical institutions, water and electricity networks, as well as non-combatants, so that humanitarian actors such as the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement can reach populations in need.
Since Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel on October 7, the regional crisis has drastically escalated.
Since then, Israel has declared war on Hamas and responded with air attacks, killing over 2,000 civilians in the Gaza Strip.
“The crisis has … forced a staggering number of people to evacuate their homes and seek safety. As a result, more than 1 million people in Gaza have been displaced,” said the Singapore Red Cross.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society has been assisting populations in Gaza and the West Bank. The humanitarian organization has been taking victims to hospitals and providing essential emergency medical care to those who have been harmed.
Meanwhile, Magen David Adom has responded to the crisis by mobilizing medical personnel equipped with ambulances and critical care units to care for the injured. It has also increased the number of blood drives.