Irish Government pledges half a million to Gaza families

The Irish Government has pledged €500,000 in funding to the United Nations emergency appeal to aid families affected by the devastating conflict in Gaza.

The funding is going towards providing urgently needed food, shelter and healthcare to thousands of families who have had to flee their homes because of the crisis.

Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and trade said today:

“I totally condemn the major escalation in violence and civilian casualties who we are now witnessing on the ground in Gaza and Israel. The Irish Government has consistently called for an immediate ceasefire in order to avoid further loss of life and suffering.

"This is now more imperative than ever in light of the developments over the weekend. The people of Gaza and Israel have the right to live in peace and security and without the threat of indiscriminate violence."

Minister Flanagan is flying out to Brussels tomorrow to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

“I am extremely concerned and tomorrow I will meet EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels to discuss the conflict. Ireland is committed to working with our EU and international partners to achieve a diplomatic resolution to this crisis.”

Minister of State for North South Co-operation, Trade Promotion and Development, Sean Sherlock TD, said:

“The assault on Gaza has had a devastating effect on the civilian population. Ireland is providing €500,000 to the United Nation’s Emergency Flash Appeal to meet the urgent need for emergency shelter, food and medical aid. Ireland is also supporting the UN’s Emergency Response Fund in the occupied Palestinian territory which provides support for humanitarian activities at the onset of sudden emergencies.”

“This emergency response to the current crisis is in addition to Ireland’s broader programme of assistance to the Palestinian people, which amounts to over €10 million annually, and includes support to the United Relief and Works Agency’s general fund, the Palestinian Authority and civil society organisations.”

In 2013 Ireland's total funding to the Palestinian people came to €10.7 million for both humanitarian and development needs, providing assistance to the most vulnerable and supporting the Palestinian Authority.

Ireland's support of to the Palestinian people over more than 20 years reflects the long standing commitment to justice for the Palestinian people and to the development of a viable sovereign Palestinian state.

Since 2005 Ireland has provided €35.65 million to the United Relief and Works Agency's General Fund. This provides the full range of social services including health and education services to Palestinian refugees across its areas of operation including Gaza.

Ireland has also been a generous supporter of UNRWA’s Gaza Emergency Appeals with over €4.6 million in humanitarian assistance provided since 2006.




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