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UK offers £10 million aid for Palestinian civilian



Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak warned the UK will suffer its deepest recession

In reaction to the rising Israel-Hamas violence, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has offered £10 million in humanitarian aid financing for civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

He made the declaration in a statement to the House of Commons, in which he also underlined the UK’s condemnation of Hamas‘ actions in both Israel and Gaza and asked for humanitarian agencies to be given prompt access to provide life-saving aid.

This financing will enable key United Nations agencies to provide critical relief materials and services.

“These could include food, water, and emergency shelter, depending on the needs on the ground,” a statement on the UK government website read.

Addressing members of Parliament, Sunak said, “I’m proud that we are a longstanding and significant provider of humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people. And I can announce today that we are increasing our aid by a third, with an additional £10 million of support.

“An acute humanitarian crisis is unfolding, to which we must respond. We must support the Palestinian people because they’re victims of Hamas too.”

The Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary, Ames Cleverly, have engaged with Israel, Egypt, and other international allies about opening the Rafah crossing to allow essential humanitarian relief into Gaza, according to the statement.

“All UK aid funding to the OPTs undergoes rigorous oversight, and no funding goes to Hamas,” the statement added.

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