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A Palestinian boy carrying belongings as he walks past a destroyed house in Gaza City on July 21, 2014. Children figure prominently on the Disasters Emergency Committee website. Photo by Reuters
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The Disasters Emergency Committee’s Gaza Crisis Appeal has raised £8 million within five days, ScotlandNow reported on its website on Thursday.
Of that amount, Scottish residents accounted for £556,000, according to ScotlandNow.

The committee is a conglomeration of 13 leading U.K. aid charities that come together in times of crisis, according to the NGO's website. The agencies plan to use the money to help as many Gazans as possible while the current cease-fire holds.

The main items to be provided are medical supplies, clean water and emergency shelter materials, according to ScotlandNow. The agencies "will also help the rebuilding of essential infrastructure destroyed in the fighting, such as power supplies, water and sewage systems."

“Aid is getting through, with our staff and partners on the ground working tirelessly to provide urgent assistance to the hundreds of thousands in Gaza in desperate need,” said DEC chair for Scotland Neil Mathers.

The Gaza crisis is the only campaign currently on DEC's home page.