Dublin, 19 October 2023 (TDI): Micheal Martin, Tanaiste, Foreign and Defense Minister of Ireland announced a substantial humanitarian package of €13 million to provide critical support to the peoples of Palestine.
Micheal stated that out of this fund, €10 million will be given to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to assist Palestine refugees in places like Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria.
The remaining €3 million is allocated to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) fund for the occupied Palestine territories. In total, Ireland is provided €29 million to support the people of Palestine in the year 2023.
He emphasized the importance of providing humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, especially in light of recent events following the Hamas attack on Israel. He called for a ceasefire to meet the basic humanitarian needs of the people in Gaza.
He added that the humanitarian assistance fund aims to help the UN in providing vital aid to vulnerable individuals in need, particularly in Gaza.
Furthermore, he stated that Ireland has a history of supporting UNRWA in its efforts to assist Palestinian refugees and this commitment remains strong to provide political and financial support during challenging times.
In addition, he completely understood how much money UNRWA needed after the conversation with Commissioner General Lazzarini on October 16, 2023.
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He also expressed appreciation for UNRWA’s role in providing critical services such as healthcare and education to those in need.
The €3 million allocated to the occupied Palestinian Territories Fund will provide to Palestine people in critical areas such as healthcare, housing, food, and safety, which are essential during the ongoing conflict.