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The Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza: Beyond Band-Aid Solutions

The latest conflict in Gaza has exacerbated an already fragile humanitarian situation and created another humanitarian crisis in the Middle East.

Even before Israeli airstrikes began, humanitarian agencies faced restrictions on personnel and shortages of vital supplies. The current round of fighting has left almost 800 people dead, thousands wounded and many more with limited access to food, water and health care. Though limited humanitarian aid has been allowed into the territory, humanitarian aid alone cannot be the answer to the problem. As with all conflicts, the answer lies in a political settlement.

On January 14, the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement hosted a discussion on the humanitarian situation in Gaza within the broader context of the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict. Brookings Senior Fellow Elizabeth Ferris provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion.


Introduction and Moderator



Michael Khambatta

Deputy Head, Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada, International Committee of the Red Cross


Andrew Whitley

Director, Representative Office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)

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