Denmark increases aid to Gaza

25 million kroner going to internally displaced

The Trade and Development Ministry has revealed it will increase its aid support to Palestinian refugees and their children's return to school by 25 million kroner.

The trade and development minister, Mogens Jensen, highlighted the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza as a primary reason for the increase in aid.

”The situation in Gaza is critical, and the destruction of schools, health clinics and agriculture has made it difficult for the Palestinians to return to a daily life that is already challenging,” Jensen said in a press release.

”We mustn't forget the Palestinians and the many children in Gaza who are suffering during this conflict and need our help and attention.”

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Back to school
The latest Danish contribution will give 17 million kroner to the UN relief organisation for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, to help rebuild the Palestinians' school system and hospitals.

The remaining eight million kroner is earmarked for UNICEF's efforts to repair schools, replace school equipment and get the children back into school.

The conflict is estimated to have damaged about 29 percent of the homes in Gaza, and about 100,000 Palestinians are internally displaced inside Gaza.

The UN has evaluated there is a particularly great need for aid to help finance food security, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, and education in the conflict-ridden Gaza.

The foreign minister, Martin Lidegaard, will travel to Palestine and Israel next week to meet with government authorities, representatives from the civil society and international organisations operating in the area.