HC Deb 26 May 2004 vol 421 c1671W
Mr. Jim Cunningham

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government are taking to provide humanitarian aid to those affected by Israel's demolition policy. [174517]

Mr. Gareth Thomas

A UN-led needs assessment in Rafah is currently being finalised. DFID will look closely at this in judging if and how we should respond.

During the past 18 months DFID has provided a technical management team to oversee the reconstruction and repair of demolished and damaged housing in Jenin Refugee Camp. In addition DFID made a £5 million contribution in March to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency's Emergency Appeal, which provides a range of emergency humanitarian support to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This includes emergency shelter, food and health services in Rafah.

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