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Ireland to send €1.5 million in emergency support for people of Gaza

DUBLIN: The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney announced that Ireland will send €1.5 million in emergency aid to the people of Gaza.

Clashes between Israel and Hamas militants have wreaked havoc in Gaza, killing hundreds of people. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, at least nine people were killed in the Gaza Strip yesterday alone, and more than 220 Palestinians have been killed in the latest round of conflict.

Simon Coveney voiced deep concern about the horrific humanitarian consequences of the ongoing violence in Palestine. “Two million people in Gaza, who are already suffering extreme hardship, including poverty and food insecurity, are now in the midst of another cycling of violence. The impact on the civilian population has been devastating,” he said.

The Minister stated that €1 million of the €1.5 million in emergency assistance will be donated to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNFWA), which supports the relief and human development of Palestinian refugees.

“Today’s announcement of Irish Aid funding will support the UN in delivering emergency humanitarian supplies to those in acute need. The plight of children in this conflict is shameful and our support for Unicef seeks to alleviate the brutal situation they are facing,” Mr. Coveney said.

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