Humanitarian assistance to Gaza
- Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Australia is providing an initial $10 million in humanitarian assistance for civilians affected by the conflict in Gaza.
Australia will provide $3 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross to fund urgent needs like restoring essential services and providing medical support to victims of the conflict.
Through United Nations agencies, Australia will provide $7 million to deliver critical support including emergency water, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene services, as well as child protection.
Australia will continue to monitor and assess the humanitarian situation and stands ready to provide further support.
Quote attributable to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong:
“We have seen devastating loss of innocent life since the heinous attacks on Israel by brutal terrorist group Hamas.
“Far from representing the Palestinian people, Hamas undermines Palestinian needs and aspirations.
“We continue to call for the unconditional release of all hostages. We stand with Israel and reiterate its right to defend itself.
“President Biden has called on Israel to operate by the rules of war in its response to Hamas attacks - we join him and others in that call.
“We call for safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to civilians affected by the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
“We call for the establishment of a corridor to enable humanitarian needs to be met. And we support the work of the United States, Egypt and others towards this goal.
“Adherence to international humanitarian law must be prioritised - including the protection of civilians, wherever they live.”
Quote attributable to Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Pat Conroy MP:
“Australia’s contribution through our trusted partners supports the humanitarian crisis affecting civilians caught up in this conflict.
“Our assistance will prioritise the immediate needs of civilians, ensuring support reaches those most in need.
“We call for the protection of, and unimpeded access for, humanitarian workers who are delivering lifesaving support.”
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