Government of Canada provides funding for humanitarian assistance in response to worsening conditions in Israel, West Bank and Gaza Strip
October 12, 2023 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development, announced that Canada is providing an initial $10 million in funding for humanitarian assistance in response to recent appeals from experienced and trusted humanitarian partners to address urgent needs stemming from the crisis in Israel, West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
This funding will help provide food, water, emergency medical assistance, protection services and other life-saving assistance. Canada will ensure that no money goes into the hands of Hamas. Details on allocations to specific partners will be shared in the coming days. A portion of the funding will support the Canadian Red Cross and its partners - the Palestine Red Crescent Society and Magen David Adom.
The safety and well-being of civilians must be a top priority. Canada remains steadfast in its call for compliance with international humanitarian law. We urge all parties to actively facilitate the swift and unobstructed passage of essential humanitarian relief to civilians in need, underscoring our collective responsibility to uphold the principles of humanity, dignity, and protection for all.
“This initial funding commitment will allow partners to scale up their efforts and provide assistance to people in urgent need. We continue to call for safe and unrestricted humanitarian access to be allowed throughout the region.”
- Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of International Development
Media Relations Office
Global Affairs Canada
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