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article imageEurope airs concern on Gaza onslaught, aid offered by Denmark

By Anne Sewell     Jul 18, 2014 in World
As what they term the "spiral of violence" continues in Gaza, the Danish development ministry has said Friday that 11 million kroner ($2 million) in emergency aid will be given to Palestinian civilians trapped in the enclave.
Other EU countries have also aired their concern in the media.
The announcement came Friday morning, following the military ground campaign initiated by Israel, as peace talks in Cairo failed. In a media statement, Mogens Jenson, Denmark trade and development minister, said:
“The spiral of violence between Gaza and Israel has unbearable costs for completely innocent people.”
“As much as half of Gaza’s population is lacking water and hospitals and emergency organizations are lacking medicine to handle the wounded and save lives. I therefore find it essential and appropriate that Denmark contribute to the emergency humanitarian efforts in Gaza.”
Reportedly the aid funds will be equally split between the UN's catastrophe fund for Palestine and the Red Cross and will go towards supplying medicine, ambulances and psychological aid for the local civilians, as well as towards improvements in the water supply in Gaza.
Adding that the aid will also go towards ensuring that humanitarian law is protected in the war-torn area, and referring to the boys who were killed playing on the beach, Jenson added:
“It is appalling that children playing on the beach risk being killed in a war that has nothing to do with them," adding, “We must demand sustained respect for international humanitarian law lest the civilian casualties rise and emergency workers be barred from access.”
So far in the latest onslaught by the IDF, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed and over 1,500 injured.
Thursday saw the second day of a demonstration in Copenhagen in support of the people of Gaza, which attracted around 1,000.
The generosity of Denmark's government was noted by the local Free Gaza Movement who have for some time been fighting for the rights of Palestinians in the occupied territories.
However, Denmark's government is not the only one in the EU speaking up about Gaza, as Former Norwegian Prime Minister and Right Wing Party chairman Kåre Willoch was quoted as saying to the local newpaper Dagsavisen Thursday: "This is a meaningless, grotesque bombardment of densely populated areas in order to be allowed to continue the blockade."
Spain's government has also reacted with "deep concern" about the Israeli announcement of a ground assault in Gaza. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation said in a statement:
"The government regrets the decision and urges maximum restraint and scrupulous respect for civilian life and facilities as well as social services, such as schools or health centers."
The statement reiterated a call for ceasefire on all warring parties and "reaffirms the need for a calm environment that allows resumed negotiations for a two-state solution, which is seriously jeopardized by the present events."
Danish sources:
DR DK
Free Gaza Movement
Norwegian source:
Dagsavisen
Spanish source:
La Vanguardia
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