TORONTO: The Canadian government is allotting $20.7 million for humanitarian aid for Palestinians affected by the recent standoff between Israeli forces and Islamist militants, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office (PMO) said.
“Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced $25 million [$20.7 million USD] in funding to support Palestinian civilians in the region. These funds will be provided to United Nations (UN) agencies and other organizations with proven track records of delivering assistance effectively and in accordance with Canadian requirements,” the PMO said in a statement on Friday.
Canadian aid includes $8.28 million for immediate humanitarian needs, such as water, food and shelter, while a second installment of $8.28 million will fund the reconstruction of critical infrastructure. An additional $4.14 million has been set aside for peacebuilding initiatives.
The funding is intended for both the war-torn Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
In early May, East Jerusalem saw the worst violence between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in recent years. The two sides exchanged bombs, and victims were recorded from both during the hostilities. In Israel 12 people were killed and over 50 were seriously wounded during the conflicts. The death toll among Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, and the West Bank topped 270, including women and children.
While Israel and the Hamas Islamist movement have agreed to an Egypt-brokered ceasefire, the ruins of the conflict will require substantial financial resources to rebuild. Presently, the United Nations is calling on the international community to raise $95 million to help reconstruct the enclave.