Ireland donates half million euros to help war-afflicted Gazans

English.news.cn   2015-02-17 03:40:47

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 (UNRWA).

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 Palestinian refugees."

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 statement.

(Written by Osma Radi, edited by Saud Abu Ramadan)

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