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Palestinians: Overseas Aid

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid he has made available to the population of Gaza in the last two years. (248169)

In 2007-08 the Department for International Development provided £63.6 million to the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs). This included £15.6 million to United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees in the region; £3 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for humanitarian assistance in Gaza, and £35.5 million to the PA which helped it provide essential public services in both Gaza and the West Bank.

In 2008-09 the UK has already provided £19 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency to help Palestinian refugees in the region, including the 70 per cent. of Gazans who are refugees. We have also given £23.5 million to the Palestinian Authority for delivery of public services in Gaza and the west bank.

As announced on 18 January 2009, the UK has pledged an additional £20 million to help meet needs in Gaza, bringing the total UK response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza to nearly £27 million since the conflict started.

I also refer my hon. Friend to the answer provided to the hon. Member for East Antrim (Sammy Wilson) on 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 613-14W.