UN agency grateful for Kuwait aid
KUWAIT CITY, May 19: Assistant Undersecretary of Ministry of Social Affairs Hanaa Al-Hajri on Tuesday declared the launch of a popular relief campaign in support of the Palestinian people as of Wednesday for a month. In a press statement, Al-Hajri said that this comes within the framework of Kuwait’s commitment to backing the brotherly Palestinian people during the sorrowful incidents and current practices of the Israeli occupation forces against Palestinians.
She reiterated Kuwait’s firm stance backing the Palestinian cause, indicating that the country’s charities organize continued campaigns under the ministry’s supervision for the same purpose throughout the year. Meanwhile, the UN agency helping Palestinian refugees thanked Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) on Tuesday for urgent aid the charity has delivered to the UN body, in light of the recent violence infl icted by Israel on the Palestinians. “The aid is needed at a time where the Palestinians are living through massacres,” said Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza. He went on to “thank the Kuwaiti leadership” for the benevolent aid, emphasizing that the Palestinians are in dire need of such assistance. Israeli bombardments on the Gaza Strip over the past week have killed 213 Palestinians and wounded 1,442 others, prompting KRCS to assemble a swift aid campaign for the Palestinians.
About 47,000 displaced Palestinians have sought shelter in 58 UN-run schools in Gaza, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesman Jens Laerke said on Tuesday. Laerke said 132 buildings had been destroyed and 316 had been severely damaged, including six hospitals and nine primary healthcare centres as well a desalination plant, affecting access to drinking water for about 250,000 people.
The UN and its humanitarian partners are providing food and other assistance to displaced families when the security situation allows, Laerke said. The UN spokesman said power supplies across Gaza are still limited to six to eight hours a day on average due to damage to feeder lines and networks. “This disrupts the provision of health care and other basic services including water, hygiene and sanitation,” Laerke said. He said six hospitals and nine primary health care centers had been damaged, with one center sustaining severe damage and one hospital unable to function due to a lack of fuel , (KUNA).