United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said, "There are people dying in hospitals because they do not have enough supplies, and it's our obligation to help now."
To date, over 430 Lebanese civilians have died and thousands have been injured, many of whom are children. There are reports of extensive structural damage to roads, bridges, airports and electricity power plants, which further complicate humanitarian relief efforts and people's ability to flee the affected area.
Islamic Relief is working with other organizations on the ground to distribute food packages, medicine, household supplies, and other relief items. Islamic Relief has launched an emergency appeal of $5 million to assist the victims of the Middle East Humanitarian Crisis in Lebanon and the West Bank and Gaza Strip in Palestine.