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International News: United States aid chief announces new help on visit near Gaza border

Posted: Tuesday, December 5, 2023. 1:10 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, the United States aid chief announced new support for Gaza.

According to the Associated French Press, Samantha Power, the administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), travelled to the Egyptian town of El-Arish, the gateway to Rafah, the border crossing that has been reopened but at limited capacity since the war started.

Power said that $21 million in new US assistance has been approved and will include hygiene and shelter supplies and food for people in Gaza, where water and other basics have been in short supply.

USAID said the assistance was in addition to $100 million announced by President Joe Biden on October 18.

Power accompanied the delivery by the US military of another 16.3 metric tonnes (36,000 pounds) of previously announced assistance that includes medical supplies, winter clothing and emergency food.

“The United States continues to work around the clock to overcome diplomatic and operational hurdles for humanitarian access, present solutions to emerging humanitarian assistance challenges and significantly scale up this response to where it needs to be,” USAID said in a statement.

The United States says it has pleaded with Israel to do more to protect civilians and to allow humanitarian assistance into the Gaza Strip.

 

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