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Ireland is going to give €2.5 million extra to Gaza

Ireland has now given €10 million to Palestine since 2010,

Mideast Palestinians Gaza Reconstruction Source: AP/Press Association Images

FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER Charlie Flanagan is travelling to Cairo to attend a major international conference on the reconstruction of Gaza tomorrow where he will announce an additional €2.5 million in funding to Gaza.

The conference will focus in particular on current humanitarian needs and the huge amount of reconstruction required in Gaza, but participants will also address the critical need to prevent a repetition of the recent conflict.

The €2.5 million additional funding is made up of €500,000 in immediate humanitarian support for UNRWA through the UN Gaza Crisis Appeal and €2 million for longer term recovery assistance, to be disbursed over a two-year period from 2015 and 2016, to established partners such as the Palestinian Authority and UN agencies.

It brings to €10 million the amount of funding sent from Ireland to Palestine in 2010 and €35.65 million since 2005.

Speaking ahead of his departure to Cairo, Minister Flanagan said:

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“The humanitarian situation in Gaza remains dire and it is clear that significant resources will be required to meet both immediate needs and longer term recovery assistance and reconstruction.”

The conference, which has been organised jointly by the Governments of Egypt and Norway, is part of the international response to the recent conflict in Gaza. 

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