Czechs give three million to humanitarian aid to Palestinians


18.07.2014 18:14

Prague - Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (Social Democrats, CSSD) today approved humanitarian aid of three million crowns to the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, the Foreign Ministry has announced in a press release.


Český ministr zahraničí Lubomír Zaorálek hovoří s novináři 14. dubna v Lucemburku při příchodu na jednání šéfů diplomacií EU. ČTK Dospiva Jakub

It also expressed concern about the collapse of all previous attempts at ceasefire in this area.

Gaza, from where Hamas gunmen are launching missiles to Israel, became a target of Tel Aviv attack in the past few days. Israel also started a ground operation there on Thursday.

"We regret that the Hamas movement and other armed groups have not yet accepted the conditions of ceasefire, which Egypt and the U.N. initiated in the past days," Czech diplomacy said.

"We have witnessed too many victims, including a lot of children. We condemn the use of civilians as human shields," the ministry added.

According to Palestinian sources, about 260 people have died in the fights since July 8 when the Protective Edge Israeli operation was launched.

The Foreign Ministry will earmark the money for the people who had to leave their homes due to the conflict in Gaza from its budget. It will send the aid through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

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