Humanitarian assistance for Gaza

28.05.2021 - Press release

A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (28 May) on the pledging of additional humanitarian support for the Palestinian territories:

Humanitarian support for the civilian population in Gaza is a key concern of the Federal Government and an important foundation for stabilising and consolidating the ceasefire which has now been in place for a week. The Federal Foreign Office will therefore provide an additional 15 million euro for humanitarian assistance in the Palestinian territories. A large part of this funding will be used to help meet the basic needs of the people in Gaza, whom we are now providing with over 50 million euro in support this year alone.

The Federal Foreign Office is liaising closely with the aid organisations of the United Nations on the provision of humanitarian assistance. The funding that has been pledged will primarily be used to facilitate emergency food aid via UNRWA and the World Food Programme. We will thus be directly helping more than 1.4 million people who would not otherwise have reliable access to food. We are also supporting the work of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN OCHA, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, for example their efforts to combat the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Background information

In an emergency appeal issued yesterday (27 May), the United Nations stated that 95 million US dollars in additional humanitarian funding will be needed for the Palestinian territories over the next three months.


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