Obama authorizes $20.3 mn aid to Gaza

January 31st, 2009 - 5:28 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, Jan 31 (Xinhua) The US would make an emergency contribution of $20.3 million for humanitarian assistance in the Gaza Strip, the White House announced Friday.”The Obama administration today announced an emergency contribution of more than $20 million to relief efforts in Gaza as part of the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

The money will go to UN agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which are distributing in Gaza emergency food assistance, providing medical care and temporary shelter, creating temporary employment and restoring access to electricity and potable water, according to statement by the State Department.

Some 1,300 Palestinians were reportedly killed in the Israeli aerial and ground strikes that started Dec 27, 2008.

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