FACTBOX-Countries pledge aid to Palestinians in Gaza

Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:50am EST

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Dec 31 (Reuters) - Israel has described as unrealistic a French proposal for a 48-hour truce that would allow more humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip, where countries have pledged help for Palestinians.

Following are details of aid pledged or sent to Gaza:



-- Israel said it had made arrangements for 106 truckloads of humanitarian aid, including blood donations, from various international organisations, to enter the Gaza Strip on Wednesday through an Israeli border crossing. It said 4,000 tonnes of humanitarian supplies and medical equipment had been brought across the Israeli frontier into the Gaza Strip in the past four days. Twenty Palestinians were taken to Israel on Wednesday for medical treatment.

-- U.N. humanitarian chief John Holmes said that while Israel had been letting some relief supplies into Gaza, with 60 truckloads entering on Monday, that was "wholly inadequate", as about 100 truckloads a day of flour or grain alone were needed. Stocks of fuel were "more or less zero", meaning Gaza's power plant might have to shut down at any time, while medical supplies were "just about enough to cope", Holmes said.

-- Britain pledged $10 million in emergency humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, saying the money would help provide food and fuel.

-- The United States announced on Tuesday it would give $85 million to the U.N. agency providing aid to Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The funds, which will help cover appeals for aid by the agency for 2009, would pay for urgently needed food, medicines and other humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees. Of the $85 million, the State Department said $25 million would go to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) emergency appeal for the West Bank and Gaza and the remainder to a general fund run by the agency for Palestinian refugees in the region.

-- China will offer $1 million in emergency humanitarian aid for the Palestinian National Authority to buy urgently needed material, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Tuesday.

-- Norway, one of the first Western states to recognise the Hamas-led government in 2007, on Tuesday offered 30 million crowns ($4.32 million) in "immediate aid" to Gaza.

-- Iran said it had dispatched its first planeload of aid, including medicine, to Gaza on Sunday and a ship was also carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said.

-- Lebanon has pledged $1 million in Gaza aid relief.

-- A small boat carrying international activists with aid for Gaza docked in the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre on Tuesday after a clash with an Israeli naval ship forced it to divert to Lebanon. The 60-foot cabin cruiser "Dignity" carried activists from the "Free Gaza" movement, who said their boat carried 3-1/2 tonnes of medical aid. (Additional reporting by Jerusalem bureau; Editing by Charles Dick)



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