From CNS: Gaza a ‘Complete Catastrophe’ on ‘Brink of Collapse’ Says CRS Official

August 5, 2014 by

CRS and partner USAID/OFDA distribute essential emergency items to families in Gaza affected by the Israel-Gaza fighting during July 2014. Photo by Shareef Sarhan for CRS

CRS and partner USAID/OFDA distribute essential emergency items to families in Gaza affected by the Israel-Gaza fighting during July 2014. Photo by Shareef Sarhan for CRS

Catholic News Service spoke with Matt McGarry, Catholic Relief Services’ Country Representative for Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza, about the situation in the Holy Land after weeks of heavy violence. Catholic Relief Services has been delivering emergency aid to families in need in Gaza despite the fighting. Posted on the National Catholic Reporter:

A top Catholic charity official described Gaza as a “complete catastrophe” after nearly four weeks of fighting between Israel and the Palestinian militant Hamas.

“Gaza is on the brink of collapse at this point,” said Matthew McGarry, who directs the Catholic Relief Services’ operations in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem. He spoke to Catholic News Service in a phone interview from Jerusalem, describing the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, a coastal strip subject to Israeli airstrikes and artillery fire.

Despite the “extremely dangerous and challenging situation” in Gaza, CRS humanitarian aid is being still delivered to thousands, McGarry said Monday.

Read the full article on the National Catholic Reporter.

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