Collection for Gaza

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A street collection held across the island at the weekend for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for Gaza raised more than £4,600.

The collection was co-ordinated by the One World Centre and the money collected by volunteers in Douglas, Ramsey, Peel, Castletown and Port Erin will be distributed to aid agencies working to provide humanitarian support to the hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the conflict zone.

The island’s effort was boosted by donations from a talk at the Sayle Gallery by Phil Craine, who visited the West Bank as a UN humanitarian observer earlier this year, and a collection at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, in Douglas .

As well as a lack of clean water, food and medical supplies, the main power station for the area is inoperable and hospitals are struggling to cope.

It’s estimated more than 2,100 have been killed in the current conflict, and the DEC say a further 10,000 people have been injured in Gaza.

Donations can still be made at DEC collecting tins at Manx Co-op stores or through the DEC website at

This week an open-ended ceasefire between Hamas and Israel was announced.

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