Scotland, 02 November 2023 (TDI): First Minister Humza Yousaf has pledged an additional £250,000 to help displaced people in Gaza access food, water, shelter medical care.

The additional money matches the total amount provided to support the relief effort in Gaza through the (UNRWA) flash appeal of £750,000.

However, more than 670,000 people are currently seeking protection in UNWRA shelters in Gaza.

First Minister Humza Yousaf said: “I have repeatedly called for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, but as we advance this vital issue, we must support the Palestinian people as best we can.”

Further, he stated, “The situation in Gaza is catastrophic, which is why I am making these additional resources available to help stop the humanitarian catastrophe we are experiencing.

Moreover, as supplies run out in Gaza, the lives of innocent civilians are in grave danger due to lack of food, water, medical supplies and fuel.

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Scottish PM asserted, my thoughts are with everyone amid the escalating conflict in Israel and Gaza.

Albeit, the killing of innocent civilians can never be justified, wherever it occurs.

Marta Lorenzo, director of UNRWA’s representative office in Europe, said: “Scotland has proven that it stands hand in hand with Palestinian refugees and those suffering in Gaza.”

Further, he stressed, “Scotland is supporting UNRWA to provide shelter, food, medicine and water to entire families who have been forced to flee their homes.”

However, we are extremely grateful for Scotland’s additional contribution, which shows ever-increasing support for UNRWA, he added.

Furthermore, “With this important funding, the agency will be able to continue to provide vital and life-saving assistance to the 250,000. We require funds to address the immediate food, non-food, health, shelter, and protection needs of 250,000 people in UNRWA shelters in Gaza,” hamza said.

Albeit, as the ongoing crisis deepens every day, more donors must step forward and support the millions of people suffering in Gaza, he said.

UNRWA is urgently calling for $104 million for the response in Gaza over the next 90 days.