Ireland to provide over $1.8 million for emergency support for the people of Gaza, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said.
The Gaza Strip has been devastated by clashes between Israel and the territory’s Hamas rulers where hundreds have been killed.
Coveney announced the support in response to what he termed a deteriorating humanitarian situation.
“I am deeply concerned by the terrible humanitarian consequences of the ongoing violence in the occupied Palestinian territory,” he said.
“Two million people in Gaza, who were already suffering extreme hardship, including poverty and food insecurity, are now in the midst of another cycle of violence. The impact on the civilian population has been devastating,” he added.
Last Friday, an Israeli airstrike destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets.
According to reports, the building’s owner was said to have received a warning by Israeli forces before the attack that allowed people in the building to evacuate.
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