MP promises aid on visit to conflict zone

Alan Duncan MP in Gaza

Alan Duncan MP in Gaza

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Rutland MP Alan Duncan has become the first British Government minister to visit Gaza since the ceasefire in the region.

Mr Duncan travelled to Gaza as part of his role as Minister of State for International Development.

He pledged £1.25m in support from the UK, which will provide medical aid, temporary shelter and help with rebuiding damaged homes for 85,000 people affected by the violence.

The aid will be channelled through the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is providing support to eight hospitals, delivering medicine to treat 2,000 people and providing shelter.

It is estimated that in the eight days of conflict before the ceasefire was called on November 21, 170 Palestinians and six Israelis died.

During his visit Mr Duncan said: “Ordinary people in Gaza and in Israel have had their lives turned upside down by the recent conflict. We were deeply saddened by the lives lost on both sides.

“While the violence continued, existing UK funding helped trusted partners such as the World Food Programme provide health and education services and distribute food in the face of incredibly challenging conditions. This new funding will help meet the most immediate needs of those injured, made homeless or otherwise affected by the conflict.”