The United Kingdom has announced an additional £10 million in humanitarian aid to assist civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) in response to the escalating conflict. This announcement was made by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in a statement to the House of Commons. In his address, he condemned the actions of Hamas in both Israel and Gaza and called for immediate access to humanitarian organizations to provide life-saving assistance.
This increased funding is a response to the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza, which includes shortages of essential goods and a significant number of displaced people due to the ongoing conflict. The aid will be used to support trusted partners, including key United Nations agencies, in delivering essential relief items and services, such as food, water, and emergency shelter, based on the needs on the ground, as reported.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly reiterated the UK’s commitment to supporting the Palestinian people and highlighted the vital, life-saving assistance this funding will provide to those affected by the conflict.
The government of the UK also reported that all aid funding to the Occupied Palestinian Territories will undergo rigorous oversight, and no funding will go to Hamas.