THOUSANDS of pounds was raised by the Muslim community for families affected by the Gaza conflict.
Hundreds of members of Portsmouth Jami Mosque last night gave generously at a fundraising event towards Islamic Help.
The charity’s aim is to ensure people living in the war zone have access to ambulances, hospital treatment, food and water.
Abu-Suyeb Tanzam, a member of the mosque’s committee, said that while the amount raised hadn’t been counted, he expected between £10,000 to £15,000 would have been collected.
‘When people see what is going on in a place like Gaza, they are here living in a wonderful country and safe,’ he said.
‘We have everything we need, but lots of people in Gaza are homeless.
‘It’s a community view here that we should give support wherever we can.’
The conflict is part of the long-term Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
It has been reported that more than 800 people have been killed along the strip in the past 18 days.
The fundraiser marked the end of Ramadan, a month of the year in which Muslims fast.
Lib Dem group leader, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, and Councillor Hugh Mason were invited.
Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘It’s important to support people in Gaza.
‘Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in their home and it’s right for us to support them and make sure they have access to food and water.’
Cllr Mason said: ‘This is about basic humanity.
‘This is a big mosque and have got a right to help.
‘The Islamic community is very well integrated in the community.’
A presentation was held by Islamic Help and there were prayers as well as a feast to signal the end of fasting.