The Danish government has decided to provide an extraordinary humanitarian contribution to Gaza and the West Bank, initially amounting to DKK 50 million.
The Danish support aims to assist the civilian population severely affected by the drastically deteriorating humanitarian situation following Hamas’ attacks on Israel and the subsequent hostilities that have erupted in and around Gaza.
-“The humanitarian situation in Gaza, in particular, is very critical. Therefore, we are now providing DKK 50 million in urgent humanitarian assistance to help the suffering civilian population in a tragic situation,” said Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, Dan Jørgensen.
According to the UN, 1.3 million civilians out of 2.2 million residents currently require humanitarian support in Gaza and the West Bank. It is estimated that up to 1 million civilians have fled to other areas in Gaza in the past week, and approximately 2,780 people, including 724 children, have lost their lives in Gaza.
The humanitarian situation is expected to further deteriorate in the coming days, especially the shortages of food, water, electricity, fuel, and medical supplies. It is crucial to also restore humanitarian access. In this regard, the government supports the ongoing diplomatic efforts to ensure access to humanitarian aid.
Out of the DKK 50 million, 33 million will go to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to support acute humanitarian needs for civilians in Gaza and the West Bank, while the remaining 17 million DKK will be allocated to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for its efforts in Gaza. The focus is on… (Remaining text cut off)