The development minister, Ulla Tørnæs, said on Monday that the contribution would go to the UN Palestinian refugee agency Unrwa, to cover emergency food, shelter and financial needs of the people.
‘It is deeply disturbing that the military action in Gaza for the most part is hitting the civilian population, who have no place to turn. There are many women and children among the dead and wounded and this is completely unacceptable.’
In 2008, Denmark donated 90 million kroner to Unrwa, and annually contributes about 200 million kroner in humanitarian and development support to Gaza and the West Bank.
The Israeli government announced a temporary ceasefire today of its military action against Palestinian Hamas in Gaza. The ceasefire is intended to give humanitarian workers an opportunity to provide necessary attention to victims in the area. However, Christopher Gunness, a spokesman for the UN agency, said the daily temporary measure was not enough to bring aid to the civilians.
‘When you are trying to feed 750,000 people a day in Gaza as we are, you need a permanent ceasefire. You can't do that in a three-hour window,’ Gunness told the BBC.