Mideast, Italian aid heading to Gaza population

Consul La Cecilia meets government ministers in the Strip

20 January, 15:55

    Palestinians receive bags of flour at a United Nations (UN) food center in Gaza City Palestinians receive bags of flour at a United Nations (UN) food center in Gaza City

    (ANSAmed) - JERUSALEM - Italian aid is heading to Gaza, where almost 80,000 people are currently homeless, announced Consul General Davide La Cecilia while meeting with four ministers belonging to the Palestinian national unity cabinet led by Rami Hamdallah and designated by Palestinian National Authority (Pna) leader Mahmoud Abbas. La Cecilia spoke with minister of justice, Saleem Al Saqqa, minister of labour, Mamoun Abu Shahla, women's affairs minister, Haifa Al Agha and her colleague at the ministry of public works Mufeeed Hassayneh about the content of one of the shipments: 500 emergency kits, consisting of 250 'emergency shelters boxes' (tents, blankets, insulating materials, camp stoves and field kitchens) that are currently being distributed by the Jerusalem office of the Italian ong Acted.

    According to the consulate, 500 families who had their houses damaged or destroyed during the conflict last summer are set to benefit from the consignment. La Cecilia confirmed Italy's commitment towards Gaza and recalled the support offered by his country since last summer.

    At the beginning of August Italy operated a flight carrying humanitarian supplies destined to the population of the Strip containing 30 tons of basic necessities (worth 350,000 euros).

    Italy also contributed with 700,000 euros given to International Agencies (Ocha, Who and Icrc) for intervention in the area. Subsequently, Italy pledged other 18 million euros during the international conference for the reconstruction of the Strip held in Cairo in October: 15 million donated in credit-aid for a home reconstruction programme, 1 million towards Unrwa, 200,000 euros to Unmas for the cleaning up of unexploded ordances and over 2 million euros for emergency intervention. Another million euro, destined to emergency intervention in the Strip, was added in December. Italian Ngos have just launched six initiatives in the Gaza Strip in three fundamental areas: water, health, protection of refugees and displaced people.(ANSAmed).

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