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UN launch USD2.8B global appeal for Gaza, West Bank

AFP – The United Nations (UN) yesterday launched a USD2.8 billion appeal for donations this year to help the war-ravaged population of the Gaza Strip as well as West Bank Palestinians, a senior agency official said.

The “flash appeal” addresses humanitarian funding needs through the end of 2024, according to head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian territories Andrea De Domenico.

“With the entire humanitarian community we will appeal for USD2.8 billion to support the three million people identified across the West Bank and Gaza,” he said on Tuesday in a video press conference.

“Of course 90 per cent of it is for Gaza,” De Domenico added.

He noted that “the original request was for USD4 billion but considering the limited ability to deliver (aid) and the space that we have to do so we have really focused on the highest priority”.

Days after the unprecedented Hamas attack on Israel on October 7 and the start of the Israeli offensive in Gaza, the UN launched an initial emergency appeal for USD294 million.

That appeal was modified in early November and raised to USD1.2 billion to meet the most urgent needs of 2.2 million people in Gaza and another 500,000 in the West Bank in 2023.

The UN has warned that thousands of Gazans face famine, particularly in the north of the territory where distribution of food and aid has been limited.

People walk next to a building destroyed during Israeli bombardment in Rafah, the southern Gaza Strip. PHOTO: AFP
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