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Belgium supports UNRWA in Palestine

12:19 24/07/2014

Belgium sent more than €6 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), to assist Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, says minister of development Jean-Pascal Labille.

The money should enable UNRWA to finance its activities and to meet the urgent needs of the Palestinian refugees who are affected by the conflict, the minister said.

Earlier, the Belgian government asked all the parties involved to immediately establish a ceasefire and respect international humanitarian law.

Since the beginning of the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip on July 8, the death toll has risen daily and the violence has taken an increasing toll on local populations. So far, more than 700 Palestinians have been killed and more than 100,000 are fleeing the violence.

Written by Robyn Boyle