GAZA, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and
Trade, Charlie Flanagan visited Gaza Monday and brought 500,000
euros in donations to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency
An UNRWA official statement emailed to Xinhua said that Flanagan
toured the areas targeted in last summer's large-scale Israeli
military offensive waged on the coastal enclave.
"Ireland donated half a million Euros which will be devoted to
aiding the urgent humanitarian needs of the population following
the last Israeli offensive waged on Gaza," said the statement.
The high-ranking Irish diplomat, visited an UNRWA school, which
still shelters dozens of displaced families who lost their homes
during the offensive.
"I was an eye-witness to the horrible opinions of last year's
conflicts in Gaza, the enormous destruction and the humanitarian
impact on a huge number of refugees. It was very shocking," the
statement quoted Flanagan as saying.
He asserted that his country will keep aiding UNRWA "which
provides social services, medical and health care to five million
Ireland has been a member country in the advisory committee of
UNRWA since 2008, and its total donations to the organization since
then reached 42 million U.S. dollars, according to UNRWA's
(Written by Osma Radi, edited by Saud Abu Ramadan)