European Commission Boosts Humanitarian Aid to Gaza by 50 Million Euros

In a recent communication, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen confirmed an immediate and substantial increase in the European Union's humanitarian aid earmarked for Gaza.

by Faruk Imamovic
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European Commission Boosts Humanitarian Aid to Gaza by 50 Million Euros
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In a recent communication, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen confirmed an immediate and substantial increase in the European Union's humanitarian aid earmarked for Gaza. During her discussions with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, as part of her continuous interactions with key regional leaders, she revealed the new commitments from the Commission.

A Stepped-up Commitment

President Ursula von der Leyen articulated, "The Commission will immediately increase the current humanitarian aid envelope foreseen for Gaza by 50 million euros ($52.5 million). This will bring the total to over 75 million euros." She further pledged ongoing collaboration with the United Nations and its various agencies.

The primary goal of this partnership is to ensure that the designated aid is efficiently distributed and reaches the residents of the Gaza strip who are in desperate need.

Balancing Aid with Defense

While the European Commission has made clear its intent to provide substantial humanitarian assistance, it also recognizes and supports Israel's right to defend itself.

Von der Leyen reiterated the Commission's stance, stating, "We support Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas terrorists, with full respect for international humanitarian law." This was echoed in her sentiment about the importance of assisting innocent civilians in Gaza in these trying times.

Commissioner Lenarcic emphasized the EU's dedicated efforts in this humanitarian cause, saying, "This tripling of EU humanitarian assistance will help ensure that civilians in Gaza can be provided with the basic necessities required." He also underscored the importance of uninterrupted and safe delivery of this assistance, asserting, "It is essential that safe and unrestricted access for humanitarian aid is ensured." This bolstered commitment by the European Commission underscores the significance of balancing regional defense with the dire humanitarian needs of the people.

The EU's expanded financial commitment is set to provide much-needed relief and sustenance to the affected populations in the Gaza Strip.

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