Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 6 December 2023.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2023 to Question 2123 on Gaza: Humanitarian Aid, what information his Department holds on the number of tonnes of aid that (a) were required and (b) entered Gaza each week since 9 October 2023.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The FCDO is actively engaging with international partners and those operating on the ground to do all we can to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. However, the flow of aid into and through Gaza continues to be insufficient and we are urgently exploring all diplomatic options to increase this, including urging Israel to open other existing land border crossings such as Kerem Shalom. Since 9 October, at least 1,479 trucks have entered Gaza. Despite an increase in supplies entering Gaza since the pause began, the volume of incoming commodities is still insufficient to meet the extensive needs. The total number of trucks that entered Gaza between 26th and 29th November is unclear as many have continued to be processed during the evening hours. The UK continues to support humanitarian aid provision, with a total amount delivered via British aircraft of 74 tonnes. The Foreign Secretary also announced an additional £30million, trebling our existing aid budget for the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the year. The UK continues to call for pauses that focus on humanitarian aid delivery.

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