Countries are pouring aid into the Gaza Strip

(VOVWORLD) - The Gulf Cooperation Council on Tuesday announced 100 million USD in emergency aid for the Gaza Strip, as Israel bombards targets in the enclave during its conflict with Hamas militants.
Countries are pouring aid into the Gaza Strip - ảnh 1People wait for aid in the Gaza strip on October 15, 2023. (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)

After an extraordinary meeting in Muscat, the bloc's foreign ministers pledged "an urgent humanitarian relief operation" with "relief aid worth 100 million USD".

The top diplomats of the six GCC countries -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates -- met as at least 200 people were killed in strikes on a Gaza hospital compound sheltering displaced people, said Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

Israel blamed a misfired rocket from Islamic Jihad, another Gaza-based militant group which has claimed to be fighting alongside Hamas.

In recent days, Gulf countries have sent plane-loads of assistance to Egypt's El Arish, hoping to send it through the Rafah border point -- Gaza's only crossing that is not under Israeli control.

On Tuesday, hundreds of laden trucks headed along the 40-kilometre (25-mile) road from El Arish to Rafah, aid officials said.

The Netherlands is providing an additional €10 million in humanitarian assistance for Gaza, development minister Liesje Schreinemacher announced on Tuesday. The funds are intended for food, water and medical care for Gaza’s inhabitants.

With this commitment, the Netherlands is responding to the UN’s urgent appeal for more international assistance. The Dutch contribution is earmarked for UN organizations, a group of international and national NGOs, and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

Denmark on Tuesday pledged an additional 50 million Danish krones ($7.1 million) to assist the civilian population of Gaza and the West Bank amid the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the region, with a continued siege and airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

The aid donation is solely aimed at meeting the basic needs of the civilians, including access to water, food, and shelter, said a Danish Foreign Ministry statement.