DUBLIN, Thursday, May 20, 2021 (WAFA) – Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, yesterday announced the allocation of €1.5 million in emergency support for the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip in response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation caused by the ongoing Israeli aggression.
“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," said Coveney.
“At the UN Security Council on Sunday, I called for an immediate ceasefire and the protection of civilians before even more lives are lost and homes destroyed. I urge Israel to ensure unimpeded, regular and predictable access for humanitarian goods and personnel.”
Ireland's Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora Colm Brophy said Ireland was "deeply concerned about the severe humanitarian consequences resulting from the shocking escalation of violence in Gaza. This allocation of €1.5 million is in response to emergency appeals from UNRWA and UNICEF. It will allow UNRWA and UNICEF to carry out vital work in support of vulnerable civilians."
Brophy paid tribute to staff of the UN and other humanitarian agencies who are providing support under very dangerous circumstances.