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Denmark announces new contribution of $10.6M for Palestine


Amman, 1 February  2024 (TDI):  Denmark reaffirmed its commitment to supporting stabilization efforts in Palestine by announcing an additional contribution of DKK 18 million (around EUR 2.41 million) to the Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF).

This marked Denmark’s ninth contribution for SRTF, bringing its total since the Fund’s inception in 2013 to EUR 24.31 million.

The Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, emphasized Denmark’s dedication to alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people, stating, “With this latest contribution to the SRTF, Denmark once again reaffirms its commitment to reducing the suffering of the Syrian people.

Denmark remains strongly committed to supporting stabilization efforts in northeast Syria and providing crucial life-saving support for the civilian population.”

The SRTF’s Director General, Eng. Hani Khabbaz, expressed profound gratitude to the Danish government and its people, remarking, “The SRTF extends heartfelt gratitude for the remarkable spirit of generosity from the Kingdom of Denmark, commemorating the receipt of our ninth donation totaling EUR 2.41 million. 

He added that Over a decade, your unwavering support transformed the lives of many Syrians. To the people of Denmark, your consistent backing has been a financial contribution and a beacon lighting the path toward positive change.

Through your enduring commitment and support, millions of Syrians have experienced a transformational journey towards hope and resilience. Thank you for being an invaluable partner in our shared mission.”

Denmark’s latest contribution added to the impressive total contributions of the SRTF, which then stood at EUR 334.56 million from all 12 SRTF donor countries, including Germany, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Japan, the United Kingdom, Kuwait, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. Türkiye and Jordan were also esteemed members as host countries of the SRTF.

Denmark’s past Humanitarian Assistance to Gaza

Before this contribution, Denmark was also given 75 million Danish kroner ($10.6 million) for the people of Palestine. Which focused on child protection, emergency aid delivery, and provision of medicine, medical equipment, and care for the sick and wounded.

“The humanitarian situation in Gaza was dire and worsening every day, particularly for children. Therefore, the government decided to increase its humanitarian assistance by an additional 75 million krone,” said Dan Jorgensen, the minister for development cooperation and global climate policy.

“With this new humanitarian contribution, we aimed to assist the many children who were suffering greatly. Additionally, there remained an urgent need to provide humanitarian relief, access to clean water, and medical treatment for the sick and injured,” he added.

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The Danish Foreign Ministry outlined the allocation of the new humanitarian aid package: 30 million krone ($4.2 million) for UNICEF for child protection and access to clean water and hygiene, 0 million krone ($2.8 million) to the World Food Program for food initiatives.

Moreover, 9 million krone ($1.28 million) to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) for the protection of displaced persons, including children, and delivery of basic emergency aid, and 16 million krone ($2.2 million) to the International Committee of the Red Cross for the delivery of medicines, medical equipment, and medical care.

Idrees Khan
Idrees Khan
Muhammad Idrees Khan is an undergraduate student pursuing a BS in Peace and Conflict Studies at the National Defence University Islamabad (NDU). He is passionate about analyzing global conflicts and understanding diplomatic strategies for peace-building. He actively engages in discussions on state security, international diplomacy, and conflict resolution. The writer can be reached at idreesbhittani123@gmail.com

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