The Maldives-based humanitarian organisation International Aid Campaign (IAC) has made a significant contribution by donating 20,000 litres of fuel to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital. This donation adds to the millions of donations generated by various NGOs, state organisations and community efforts amidst Israel’s harrowing bombardment of Gaza. 

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza caused by Israel’s 17-year-long military blockade was further exacerbated by the Israeli airstrikes which began on 7 October after Hamas attacked Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The extensive Israeli operations have not only led to a tragic toll of over 9,000 Palestinian casualties but have also resulted in strategic infrastructure damages. Essential services, particularly healthcare facilities, are facing dire challenges as a result of the conflict. 

The destruction has been so extensive that, according to reports from Al Jazeera, 16 out of 35 hospitals and 51 out of 72 clinics in Gaza have been forced to cease operations due to the severe shortage of fuel needed for their generators, which are crucial for maintaining power supplies.

The IAC’s fuel donation is aimed at alleviating the energy crisis at the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, ensuring that electricity can be generated to sustain its vital healthcare services. The hospital’s Communications Director, Mohamed al Haaj, conveyed heartfelt thanks to the Maldivian donors and the IAC in a video message, underlining the essential nature of the fuel in continuing their medical work amidst the bombardment.

The IAC’s commitment to support the people of Gaza has been unwavering despite the risks posed by the conflict. Beyond the fuel provision, the organisation’s efforts have included the distribution of food, essential supplies, and the facilitation of hot meals to civilians and hospital staff. Responding to specific requests from families affected by the conflict, the IAC has also distributed financial aid, amounting to USD 100,000, to 200 families.

The Maldivian public has shown considerable solidarity with the people of Gaza through generous contributions to the IAC fund box, totalling MVR 24 million. These funds have facilitated a range of assistance initiatives, not only addressing immediate needs but also enhancing the resilience of the Palestinian people amidst such trying times.