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India releases second installment of $2.5 million for Palestinian refugees amid Israel-Hamas conflict
People fleeing fighting in Gaza continue to search for safe places to shelter in the enclave. Phooto Courtesy UNICEF/Eyad El Baba

India releases second installment of $2.5 million for Palestinian refugees amid Israel-Hamas conflict

| @indiablooms | 30 Dec 2023, 12:08 am

The Indian government has contributed US$ 2.5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for the financial year 2022-2023, officials said on Friday.

India's Representative Office in Ramallah said the contribution will support the agency's core programs and services, including education, healthcare, relief and social services provided to Palestinian refugees.

In an X post, the Representative Office of India Ramallah said: "India provides US$ 2.5 million to UNRWA for the welfare of Palestinian Refugees."

In Gaza, at least 100,000 displaced people have poured into Rafah in recent days, UN humanitarians said on Friday, worsening already dire conditions in the southernmost part of the enclave.

“A traumatized and exhausted population” is being “crammed into a smaller and smaller sliver of land,” UN emergency relief chief Martin Griffiths warned on social platform X on Friday.

But serious obstacles persist to bringing more aid to those in need amid relentless Israeli bombardment and intense fighting on the ground.

UN humanitarian affairs coordination office OCHA cited reports from Gaza’s health authorities that half of all the pregnant women seeking safety in shelters in the Strip suffer from thirst, malnutrition and a lack of health care, there is a lack of vaccinations for newborns and one in every two displaced children faces dehydration, malnutrition and disease.

Some 1.9 million Gazans, or 85 per cent of the enclave’s population, have been internally displaced since the start of Israel’s retaliation following Hamas’ deadly terror attacks in southern Israel on 7 October.

Dire overcrowding

According to OCHA, the latest wave of displacement was prompted by an intensification of hostilities in the southern town of Khan Younis and central Gaza’s Deir al Balah, as well as evacuation orders issued by the Israeli military.

Some 10 days ago Rafah was already estimated to be the most densely populated area in Gaza, exceeding 12,000 people per square kilometre, OCHA said, which is more than in New York City.

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