USAID to provide $21 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Gaza and West Bank residents

Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 Dec 2023

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced on Tuesday that it will provide more than $21 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the residents of Gaza and the West Bank affected by the ongoing conflict, which has left nearly 2.2 million people in dire circumstances.

Palestinians fleeing the Israeli ground offensive arrive in Rafah, Gaza Strip  AP
Palestinians fleeing the Israeli ground offensive arrive in Rafah, Gaza Strip AP


The announcement came during a press conference held by the director of USAID Samantha Power in El-Arish, in Egypt’s North Sinai.

El-Arish has become the hub for international humanitarian assistance crossing into Gaza.

According to Power, the $21 million of additional assistance will build on the $100 million of American humanitarian aid announced by President Biden on 18 October.

The funding announced will provide sanitary supplies, shelter, essential food, and multi-purpose assistance for over 120,000 individuals, she said.

Additionally, the funding will support psychosocial care and vital health services for the strained healthcare system in Gaza, where 60% of hospitals are out of service.

Furthermore, this funding will support the establishment of a field hospital managed by NGOs in Gaza, enhancing the current healthcare system by providing care for internal clinic patients according to USAID.

This announcement comes at a time when US Central Command, under the Department of Defense, delivered another 16.3 metric tons, or 36,000 pounds, of medical supplies to the United Nations as well as food and nutrition aid to meet immediate needs on the ground.

This marks the second airlift of UN relief supplies by the Department of Defense from Jordan to Egypt – the first airlift, carrying over 54,000 pounds of UN supplies, was sent on 28 November.

Additionally, the United States recently delivered over 500,000 pounds of emergency food supplies to assist civilians in Gaza.

More support is coming from the American people, USAID assured Palestinians.

"The United States, along with partners across the region and around the world, leads efforts to address the severe and escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza and increase the flow of life-saving humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza,” read a USAID statement on Power's announcement.

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