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Canada has committed nearly $30 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza, including essentials such as water and food, following a pause in funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
Minister of International Development Ahmed Hussen announced the aid package on Tuesday, specifying that it would be distributed through six international organizations, alongside Canadian non-governmental partners.
The beneficiaries of this aid package include UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Health Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and the World Food Programme, with the latter receiving the most significant portion, approximately $12 million.
This aid initiative comes in response to halted funding to UNRWA by several countries, including Canada, amid allegations of the agency’s workers’ involvement in the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel. The United States also ceased funding to UNRWA last week, with President Biden’s United Nations ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, advocating for “fundamental changes” within the agency as a precondition for resuming US support.