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Uzbekistan announces $1.5m to Palestine relief agency

October 31, 2023 at 3:57 pm

Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on October 18, 2023 Presidency of Uzbekistan/Handout/Anadolu via Getty Images]

Uzbek President, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, announced Tuesday that he ordered the allocation of $1.5 million to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Anadolu Agency reports.

We sincerely sympathise and express our condolences to all the families of the victims on the Palestinian and Israeli sides. I have decided to allocate $1.5 million to the UNRWA to provide all possible assistance to the residents of the Gaza Strip

Mirziyoyev said in a meeting on hydropower projects, according to presidential spokesman, Sherzod Asadov, on Telegram.

Mirziyoyev said fighting between the Israeli army and the Palestinian group, Hamas, is aggravating the humanitarian crisis in the region, and offered condolences to all the families of the victims on both sides.

We express our strong solidarity with the people of Palestine and support their right to establish their own independent state in accordance with previously adopted resolutions of the General Assembly and the UN Security Council

said Mirziyoyev.

The Israeli army widened its air and ground attacks last weekend on the Gaza Strip –including houses and hospitals — which has been under relentless airstrikes since the surprise offensive by Hamas on 7 October.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict, including 8,525 Palestinians and more than 1,538 Israelis. So far, 3,542​​​​​​​ children in Gaza have been also killed, according to official figures.

An Israeli blockade of the Strip has also cut Gaza off from fuel, electricity and water supplies, and reduced aid deliveries to a trickle that has been unable to satisfy the needs of the more than 2 million residents.​​​​​​​

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