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Aid needs in Gaza, West Bank estimated at $1.2 billion – UN

Aid needs in Gaza, West Bank estimated at $1.2 billion – UN
Smoke rises following Israeli strikes on the Tal Al Hawa neighborhood in Gaza City, 02 November 2023. More than 9,000 Palestinians and at least 1,400 Israelis have been killed, according to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and the Palestinian health authority, since Hamas militants launched an attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip on 07 October, and the Israeli operations in Gaza and the West Bank which followed it. EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER

GENEVA, Nov 3 (Reuters) - The United Nations humanitarian office said on Friday the cost of meeting the needs of people in Gaza and the West Bank was estimated at $1.2 billion.

“The cost of meeting the needs of 2.7 million people – that is the entire population of Gaza and 500,000 people in the occupied West Bank – is estimated to be $1.2 billion,” said Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

That sums covers the humanitarian needs in Gaza and part of the West Bank until the end of the year.

On Oct. 12, OCHA had initially appealed for $294 million to support nearly 1.3 million people.

“The situation has grown increasingly desperate since then,” Laerke added.

OCHA said its revised appeal for funding will outline the need for food, water, health care, shelter, hygiene and other urgent priorities.

“We urge donors to promptly make resources available for the response,” Laerke said.

“Our ability to ease the suffering of the Palestinian population will depend on adequate funding, safe and sustained access to all people in need, wherever they are, sufficient flow of humanitarian supplies, and – importantly – fuel.”

Aid supplies to Gaza have been choked since Israel began bombarding the densely populated enclave in the wake of attacks by Hamas gunmen in southern Israel on Oct. 7, with aid organisations saying it is nowhere near matching the needs of its residents.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Tomasz Janowski)

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  • Cecilia Wedgwood says:

    US are trying to send 14+ BILLION US DOLLARS to Israel. Could some of this be diverted ? AND, what are the chances of a final solution or will it just be ‘ until the next time’?

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