Germany to send humanitarian aid to Gaza and Iraq
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
BERLIN - Germany has announced to send 40 million euro humanitarian and financial assistance to war-ravaged Gaza and Iraq to help ease civilian suffering in these regions.
Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Veronika Ulbert said in a written statement Wednesday that Germany would provide 20 million euro financial aid to Gaza.
"This financial support will be used particularly for re-establishing Gaza's drinking water substructure and sewage system which are completely damaged," Ulbert said.
She said that psychological and social support would be provided for Gazan civilians who suffered severe trauma.
A devastating Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip has left at least 1,951 Palestinians dead – the vast majority of them civilians – and more than 10,000 injured since July 7.
Ulbert also confirmed that Germany would send an additional 20 million euro aid package for the Iraqi people displaced by the attacks and persecutions by the self-proclaimed Islamic State militants.
The minister stressed that they aimed to improve the infrastructure for refugees and to supply drinking water.
"These aids will be provided directly, quickly and without encountering any bureaucratic obstacle," she added.
Ulbert also announced that they would collaborate with World Food Programme, the United Nations Children's Fund and non-governmental organizations in north of Iraq.
Germany had announced a 8.5 million euros aid package for the blockaded Gaza Strip on July 31.
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