Paris, 9 November 2023 (TDI): French President Emmanuel Macron is organizing a significant conference in Paris focused on addressing the urgent humanitarian needs in Gaza.
This event includes officials from over 50 countries, along with representatives from UN agencies and non-governmental organizations.
The conference aims to foster international collaboration and support to alleviate the pressing challenges faced by the people of Gaza.
Over 80 nations and international organizations are meeting in France to discuss aid for civilians affected by the Gaza conflict.
Albeit, proposals are currently under consideration for the establishment of a maritime corridor and the implementation of floating hospitals. However, Israel’s response to Hamas attacks included a blockade and bombing campaign, causing significant loss of life.
European nations, the U.S., Jordan, Egypt, Gulf states, and more joined the Paris gathering. The United Nations and NGOs participate too. Palestinian PM Mohammad Shtayyeh is to attend, per the French presidency.
French President Macron urged for a “humanitarian pause” in the conflict and requested the conference to address urgent needs in Gaza, including food, water, health supplies, electricity, and fuel.
Moreover, UNRWA, the UN’s top aid official, and the ICRC will provide detailed information on these requirements.
Furthermore, over 1.5 million people in Gaza, or about 70% of the population, are displaced. The situation requires a response of approximately $1.2 billion.
Albeit, Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides plans a humanitarian sea corridor for Gaza. The goal is a consistent, secure, and substantial flow of aid in the short, medium, and long term.
Moreover, French authorities have expressed their contemplation of transferring injured individuals onto hospital vessels stationed in the Mediterranean Sea, near the Gaza coast.
Paris has given an extra 20 million euros ($21.4 million) in humanitarian aid for Gaza through the United Nations and other organizations.
Additionally, three flights carrying 54 tons of supplies have been sent to Egypt.
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On the other hand, Germany committed an additional 20 million euros in funding to UNRWA, alongside the 71 million euros previously designated.
The European Council President and European Commission President attended the conference. The 27-nation bloc has already contributed nearly 78 million euros this year.
However, as Elysee stated, Israeli authorities will not attend the conference on Thursday.