World Bulletin / News Desk
United States has announced that it will send humanitarian assistance to Gaza amid the Isreali ground, air and sea attacks that have left almost 600 dead and 4,000 injured since Operation 'Protective Edge' began on July 7.
On Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing $47 million to help address the humanitarian situation in Gaza, with an initial $15 million contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in response to UNRWA’s $60 million Gaza Flash Appeal.
An additional $3.5 million in emergency relief assistance from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) will also be provided along with $10 million in existing USAID bilateral funding, redirected to meet immediate humanitarian needs.
$18.5 million in new USAID bilateral funding for humanitarian and emergency relief assistance will also be provided critical humanitarian aid, including shelter, food, and medical supplies to Palestinians in Gaza.
A statmement by the Department of State said that the United States remains committed to addressing the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people, and will continue to monitor the humanitarian situation closely.
Earlier this month, US President Barack Obama expressed concern to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call, but reiterated US Israel's right to 'defend' itself against Hamas rocket attacks.
The U.S. government refuses to negotiate directly with Hamas, which Washington considers a 'terrorist' organization.Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Temmuz 2014, 13:18