Australia is to provide an initial $10 million in humanitarian aid to civilians affected by the Gaza conflict.
Australia will provide $3 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross to fund urgent needs such as restoring essential services and providing medical support to victims of the conflict.
Through United Nations agencies, Australia will provide $7 million to provide critical support, including emergency water, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene services, as well as child protection.
Australia will continue to monitor and evaluate the humanitarian situation and stands ready to provide further assistance.
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“We have seen a devastating loss of innocent life since the atrocious attacks on Israel by the brutal terrorist group Hamas. Far from representing the Palestinian people, Hamas undermines the needs and aspirations of Palestinians. We continue to call for the unconditional release of all hostages. We stand with Israel and reiterate its right to defend itself,” declared Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
“President Biden has called on Israel to act by the rules of war in its response to Hamas attacks; We join him and others in that call. We call for safe and unhindered humanitarian access to civilians affected by the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza,” Wong added.
Australia will provide $7 million to provide critical support, including emergency water, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene services
“At the same time we ask for the establishment of a corridor that allows humanitarian needs to be met. And we support the work of the United States, Egypt and others toward this goal. “Priority must be given to the observance of international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians, wherever they live,” the minister said.
“Australia’s contribution through our trusted partners supports the humanitarian crisis affecting civilians caught up in this conflict. Our aid will prioritize the immediate needs of civilians, ensuring that support reaches those most in need. We call for the protection and unimpeded access of humanitarian workers providing vital aid,” concluded Minister of International Development and the Pacific, Pat Conroy.