The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said its appeal for Gaza has raised over £4.5m in less than 24 hours.
The fact that the Gaza Crisis Appeal has reached more than #4.5m in under 24 hours from launch is a testament to the amazing generosity of the British public. We have also benefited from the kind support of DFID (Department for International Development), which matched the first £2m donated by the public. The funds are desperately needed, with on-going fighting in Gaza creating an unbearable situation for families and children.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes, the healthcare system is on the verge of collapse and many people have little or no clean water. Despite the end of the ceasefire, aid is getting through and many of our member agencies are still working on the ground. But with the scale of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, they urgently need more money to scale up their life-saving work.
There have been two days of quiet in Gaza. No rockets or missiles, no more destroyed houses, no more ambulance sirens screaming.
A three-year-old girl has been rescued from Gaza and brought to London for life-saving heart surgery.
A small team of NHS doctors and surgeons is travel to Gaza to set up facilities and establish how best to use specialists and equipment.