Special report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts
WELLINGTON, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand will give
the International Committee of the Red Cross one million NZ dollars (546,000
U.S. dollars) to support its humanitarian work in Gaza, Foreign Minister Murray
McCully announced on Monday.
"This money will help the Red Cross provide urgently
needed medical supplies and safe drinking water to the civilian population of
Gaza, and to care for those affected by the conflict," McCully said in a
"There is a pressing need for humanitarian assistance
in Gaza, and the ceasefire provides a window for aid agencies to provide that
help, he added.
He said the situation on the ground remained fragile,
but the current lull in fighting was a positive development, "which we hope will
lead to a lasting ceasefire agreement," McCully said.