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Kuwait Pledges $1 Bln to Support Gaza

Mon 13 May 2024 | 06:08 PM
Israa Farhan

Donor entities gathered in Kuwait yesterday pledged over $2.6 billion to support the besieged and devastated Gaza Strip, which has been enduring a relentless war for over seven months.

According to the final statement of an international donors' conference organized by the International Islamic Charitable Organization and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the amount, totaling $2,696,314, will be implemented over the years 2024 and 2025.

The initiative, over the next two years - as an extendable initial phase - will work on mobilizing efforts to support life-saving humanitarian interventions in the Gaza Strip.

The statement, delivered by the Director-General of the International Islamic Charitable Organization, Badr Saud Al-Sumait, called for an urgent humanitarian appeal and a plea to all world leaders, governments, religious authorities, and heads of international organizations worldwide to intervene urgently to stop the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip, especially in light of the developments in the Rafah area.

In a prerecorded speech aired during the conference, before he arrived in the Kuwaiti capital, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stated that the war in Gaza is causing horrific humanitarian suffering - claiming lives, tearing families apart, and leaving countless people homeless, suffering from hunger and shock.

While reiterating his call for an immediate ceasefire, Guterres emphasized that a ceasefire will only be the beginning.

The road to recovery from the destruction and shock caused by this war will be long. The people of Gaza will need stronger and deeper partnerships for long-term humanitarian assistance and development to stand on their feet again and rebuild their lives.