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Humanitarian Aid: Gaza

Volume 473: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

12. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the provision of humanitarian aid in Gaza. (193273)

Aid agencies are working to address the serious humanitarian situation in Gaza. However, the priority is to reopen the crossings and ensure unrestricted humanitarian access, including the supply of medical equipment, fuel, food and electricity. I have allocated £2 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) which provides water, sanitation, food, medicines and shelter. This is in addition to our wider contribution to the Palestinians of £243 million over three years, linked to political progress.