More than 1,000 housing and commercial units were destroyed in recent Israeli strikes on Gaza.
Canada announced last week financial assistance for Palestinians affected by the recent Israeli violence in the blockaded Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $25 million in funding to support Palestinian civilians in the region. These funds will be provided to United Nations (UN) agencies and other organizations with proven track records of delivering assistance effectively and in accordance with Canadian requirements, said a statement by the Canadian prime minister’s office.
“The recent violence in the region is alarming – we have all seen the disturbing images of displaced civilians, loss of life, and pain inflicted on families. Today’s funding will go directly to experienced organizations which will help the most vulnerable Palestinian civilians cope with the impacts of the recent conflict. Canada will continue to support peacebuilding efforts that contribute to achieving a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in the Middle East,” said Trudeau.
Canada’s aid will include an immediate $10 million for urgent food assistance, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as for psychosocial support for the most vulnerable, including children.
The funding includes an additional $10 million to support humanitarian and rebuilding efforts to lay the foundation for sustainable recovery, such as vital medical infrastructure and measures to help families earn a living. Another $5 million will go for peacebuilding initiatives that advance the goal of a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in the Middle East.
This support builds on Canada’s previous commitments in the region, said the statement. Ongoing support includes humanitarian assistance to help meet basic needs, as well as development assistance to improve socio-economic conditions for Palestinians.