EU and Belgium Join Forces to Provide Humanitarian Aid to Gaza amid Ongoing Crisis

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In a collaborative effort, the European Commission and Belgium are organizing a new aid shipment from Brussels to Gaza via Jordan. The initiative, coordinated with the City of Brussels and the Belgian Ministry of Defence, aims to deliver 240 tonnes of supplies to Palestinians in need. This aid includes hygiene items, mattresses, sleeping bags and pillows, baby milk powder, and other essentials. The cargo will be transported by sea to Jordan and delivered to the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO), to be subsequently channelled into Gaza.

The European Union, through its European Humanitarian Response Capacity, is supporting the delivery of the cargo and covering the transport costs of the operation. This latest delivery complements the over 2,600 metric tonnes of aid provided so far via 55 EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flights, transporting vital supplies provided by humanitarian partners and EU Member States.

Since 2000, the EU has provided more than €1.1 billion in humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian population. In response to the ongoing crisis, the EU has allocated over €290 million in humanitarian aid for Palestinians in need in 2023 and 2024, focusing on essential sectors such as food, nutrition, health, water and sanitation, and protection.