Gaza: Belgium earmarks €500,000

7th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

The government is also exploring the possibility of bringing children who are injured in Gaza to Belgium for care and treatment.

The government has earmarked €500,000 for food aid in Gaza in response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy (Flemish Christian Democrat) announced the decision. The government is also exploring the possibility of bringing children who are injured in Gaza to Belgium for care and treatment.

In a statement the PM said that Belgium is very concerned about the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza.

The Belgian government is calling for an immediate cease-fire and for a negotiated solution.

"In the framework of a European initiative Belgium is also prepared to participate in a repatriation operation of the children who are wounded in the military operations in Gaza so they can be attended to in suitable conditions," says Mr Van Rompuy.

The EU is also calling for an immediate cease-fire

The EU's foreign policy chief says European monitors that were once at Gaza's border with Egypt would be ready to return to work at the crossing after a cease-fire in Gaza is achieved.

Javier Solana, together with an EU delegation of officials and the foreign ministers of the current EU presidency troika (Czech Republic – current EU presidency, France – last presidency and Sweden – next presidency) met Monday with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The EU delegation is seeking to get humanitarian aid to Palestinians and wants to work out the conditions for a possible cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU External Relations Commissioner, says the EU would like to get the hospitals in Gaza working properly but an immediate cease-fire is needed.

(flandersnews.be/Expatica)

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