Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 23 May 2024.

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Photo of Lord Weir of Ballyholme Lord Weir of Ballyholme DUP

To ask His Majesty's Government what level of humanitarian aid they are currently providing to Gaza.

Photo of Lord Weir of Ballyholme Lord Weir of Ballyholme DUP

To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the level of humanitarian aid being provided to Gaza.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The situation in Gaza is desperate. Too many Palestinian civilians have been killed and there is an urgent need to get more aid to the people of Gaza to prevent a famine. We trebled our aid commitment in the last financial year and we are doing everything we can to get more aid in as quickly as possible by land, sea and air.

As of 9 May, the UK has participated in 12 airdrops into Gaza delivering a total of 110 tonnes of aid. On 17 April we announced £3 million of additional funding for equipment to support UN and aid agencies to get more aid into Gaza, including trucks, forklifts, generators, fuel stores and lighting towers. This follows a £9.7 million package of military and civilian support to set up a maritime aid corridor to Gaza, including the deployment of a Navy ship.

UK support includes a field hospital, provided by UK Aid funding to UK-Med, which is up and running in Gaza and has already treated thousands of patients. We have provided funding for the World Food Programme to provide 2,000 tons of food aid, enough to feed 275,000 people in Gaza.

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