UN announces release of USD 22.5 mn for rising humanitarian needs in Gaza.

The UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock announced the release of 22.5 million US Dollars towards the response to rising humanitarian needs in Gaza. 

The amount includes a 4.5 million Dollars’ allocation from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and up to 18 million Dollars from the Occupied Palestinian Territory Humanitarian Fund.

Mr Lowcock said that he welcomed the ceasefire and reiterated call on all parties to end the hostilities to allow for emergency humanitarian relief distribution and for civilians to purchase food and water, seek medical care and attend to other emergency needs.

As of 2st of May, the escalation of hostilities in Gaza claimed the lives of at least 242 Palestinians, including 66 children and 38 women and injured over 1,900 people. In Israel, there were at least 12 fatalities, including two children and hundreds of injuries.

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