Britain pledges additional $37.38 mln in humanitarian aid to Gaza

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Britain will provide another $37.38 million of humanitarian aid to Gaza, Foreign Secretary David Cameron said on Friday as he travels to the occupied Palestinian territories on the second day of his visit to the region.

Cameron will meet Palestinian leaders and aid agencies.

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Ahead of the four-day truce between Israel and Hamas – which came into effect on Friday morning – Cemeron met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“We are hopeful that today will see the release of hostages, and I am urging all parties to continue to work towards the release of every hostage. A pause will also allow access for life-saving aid to the people of Gaza,” Cameron said in a statement.

“I am proud that a fourth UK flight carrying critical supplies landed in Egypt today, and I can announce new £30m of funding which will be spent on vital aid such as shelter and medical provisions,” he said.

The new pledge will double the amount of additional aid Britain has committed to Gaza since the conflict began in October.

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