United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Palestinians in Gaza

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 22, 2014

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing more than $71 million in additional life-saving humanitarian assistance to help meet emergency needs in Gaza. More than 58,000 people are still sheltering in United Nations facilities and basic necessities like food, clean water, and fuel remain in short supply throughout the territory.

Of this contribution, $59 million supports United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) programs in Gaza, while more than $12 million supports the work of other implementing partners, including those of the United States Agency for International Development, to provide emergency water, shelter, food, and healthcare.

The United States remains committed to addressing the needs of the Palestinian people.- This assistance comes in addition to the $47 million in humanitarian assistance to Gaza announced by Secretary Kerry on July 21, for a total commitment of more than $118 million.