This brings New Zealand’s total contribution to the humanitarian response to the Gaza conflict so far to NZ$10 million…reports Asian Lite News
The New Zealand government is contributing an additional NZ$5 million ($3 million) to support the response to urgent humanitarian needs in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said on Saturday.
This brings New Zealand’s total contribution to the humanitarian response to the Gaza conflict so far to NZ$10 million, reports Xinhua news agency.
“New Zealand is deeply saddened by the loss of civilian life and the grave humanitarian situation as a result of the conflict,” Hipkins said.
New Zealand strongly supports the UN Security Council resolution passed on Thursday calling for full, rapid, safe and unhindered access for humanitarian agencies and their implementing partners, and to facilitate the provision of essential goods and services to civilians throughout the Gaza Strip, he said.
“Hostilities must stop to allow the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid and support to get to those in need. All parties must act to protect civilians and to allow access for humanitarian aid,” Hipkins added.
New Zealand’s latest humanitarian funding includes a further NZ$2.5 million contribution to the International Committee of the Red Cross’ response in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel.
New Zealand will also increase its support to the World Food Programme, with a further NZ$2.5 million contribution to its response to help provide emergency food and cash assistance to over 764,000 affected people.
Foreign Minister Grant Robertson said both organisations will continue to expand their operations as conditions allow.
They act with full independence and neutrality.