the UN will appeal for donations of 2.8 billion dollars for the population of Gaza and the West Bank

This appeal aims to help three million identified people, while access to humanitarian aid is limited.


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A man looks at a plume of smoke after an Israeli bombardment in the Al-Daraj neighborhood of Gaza City on April 16, 2024. (AFP)

“Obviously 90% is for Gaza.” The UN announces that it will launch, on Wednesday April 17, a new appeal for donations to help the Palestinian population in Gaza and the West Bank in 2024. “We are publishing tomorrow the call for donations until the end of the year. With the humanitarian community, we are calling for $2.8 billion to help 3 million people identified in the West Bank and Gaza”declared the head of the United Nations humanitarian office in the Palestinian territories, during a video press conference.

A few days after the unprecedented Hamas attack on Israel on October 7 and the start of the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip in retaliation, the UN launched an initial appeal for emergency donations of $294 million. The appeal was amended in early November to $1.2 billion to meet the most urgent needs of 2.7 million people in the Palestinian territories for the period until the end of 2023. In 2024, Initially, the humanitarian plan was estimated at 4 billion but it was reduced to 2.8 billion given the limits to access for humanitarian aid. “The restrictions, logistical and security obstacles and checks facing these famous trucks which transport food aid, medicines, tents, have not decreased,” Tamara Alrifaï, director of external relations and communications at UNRWA, said on Tuesday on franceinfo.

The Israeli army has been relentlessly bombing the Palestinian territory of Gaza since the Hamas attack. On Tuesday, UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, said it had found unexploded 450kg bombs in schools after Israeli troops withdrew from the southern town of Khan Younes. Gaza strip. The UN had already declared, in April, that it would be necessary “millions of dollars and several years to decontaminate the Gaza Strip of munitions and unexploded ordnance.”

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