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Switzerland Contributes CHF 10 Million to Gaza

At its meeting on 8 May 2024, the Federal Council decided to make a contribution of CHF 10 million to the humanitarian aid appeal of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The CHF 10 million contribution is exclusively earmarked for Gaza and will be used to provide the urgent assistance specified in the UNRWA Flash Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory covering the period April–December 2024. In its overall assessment, the Federal Council drew on the analysis of the Colonna report and coordination with other donors. The Federal Council will submit this decision to the foreign affairs committees of the National Council and Council of States for consultation.

2024-05-08 11:45:23
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The Federal Council of Switzerland has decided to contribute CHF 10 million to the UNRWA humanitarian aid appeal for Gaza, following the analysis of the Colonna report and coordination with other donors. This contribution is exclusively earmarked for Gaza and will cover urgent assistance needs from April to December 2024.

In Gaza, 2.3 million people, including 1.7 million internally displaced persons, are in need of emergency aid, as the UN warns of an imminent famine. UNRWA is seeking around CHF 1 billion in their latest emergency aid appeal for Gaza.

The Federal Council recognizes the critical situation in Gaza and the urgent need for action. The contribution will cover basic needs such as food, water, shelter, healthcare, and logistics.

Switzerland had previously approved a CHF 56.2 million package for Middle Eastern countries' humanitarian needs, and future financial support will be decided in the second half of 2024. The decision also took into account the recommendations of the Colonna report, which aimed to enhance UNRWA's neutrality.

Despite some donor states suspending contributions to UNRWA in January 2024, many donors have since restored funding, and new donors have pledged their support. The Federal Council urges for a humanitarian ceasefire, access for emergency aid to Gaza, compliance with international humanitarian law, and the release of all hostages..

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