Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 24 May 2024.

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Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development and Africa)

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. We have been clear that Israel must take concrete steps to increase the flow of aid into Gaza. On 17 May, the first consignment of UK aid across the new floating pier in Gaza was successfully delivered. More will follow in the coming weeks.

As the Foreign Secretary has said, maritime is just one part of the bigger picture. Land routes remain the most effective means of getting aid into Gaza at the scale needed.

Israel must ensure land routes are open and that aid gets safely to where it is needed. Guaranteed deconfliction for aid convoys and aid workers, and for other humanitarian work, remains essential.

The Foreign Secretary reiterated these points in his call with Israeli Minister Gantz on 21 May.

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