€13 million to aid the people of Palestine  – Smith

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has welcomed the decision by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence Micheál Martin to make €13m in aid available to the people of Palestine.

Underlining Ireland’s unwavering support, the Tánaiste on Wednesday announced an immediate package of €10m for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees and €3m for United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Welcoming this announcement, Deputy Smith said: “We cannot forget that 80% of the Palestinian population in Gaza is dependent on international assistance for basic human needs. Fianna Fáil in Government remain committed to delivering this vital support to Palestinian civilians and their needs should continue to be a central part of the overall response to this crisis by the international community.

“We must reject unequivocally those who advocate for violence as a means to resolve the conflict in the Middle East and I welcome the ongoing efforts of Tánaiste Micheál Martin and the Government to seek the de-escalation of conflict.

“The Government has also made clear that we support an immediate humanitarian pause, or humanitarian ceasefire, to give space to establish humanitarian corridors to meet the immediate needs of all civilians in Gaza.

“My colleagues and I in Government remain steadfast in our efforts, advocacy and action to support the protection of those most vulnerable, and to maintain support for those suffering the dire consequences of this new phase of violence in the Middle East. This is a crisis that simply cannot wait.”