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Palestinians

Question for Department for International Development

UIN 10685, tabled on 9 October 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department has given to the reconstruction of infrastructure in Gaza in the last five years.

Answered on

15 October 2015

The UK provided £349 million in support of Palestinian development between 20112015. This includes support for Gaza, the West Bank and Palestinian refugees throughout the region.

In Gaza, DFID support has funded the construction of 13 schools. Following the 2014 Gaza conflict, the UK provided £17 million of immediate humanitarian assistance and pledged a further £20 million of early recovery assistance at the 2014 Cairo Gaza Reconstruction conference. DFID has already disbursed all of the Cairo pledge including £0.7 million to the Materials Monitoring Unit, which oversees and monitors the import, storage and supply of construction materials into Gaza under the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism. DFID will exceed the Cairo pledge over the coming months, as residual funds are disbursed on rejuvenating business and boosting the economy in Gaza.