UN seeking $540 million for Palestinian aid, mostly for Gaza

Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian response coordinator, speaks during a press confrence in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on March 14, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 14 March 2018
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UN seeking $540 million for Palestinian aid, mostly for Gaza

BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip: The UN says around $540 million will be needed in humanitarian relief for the Palestinian territories in 2018.
The UN’s top humanitarian coordinator, Jamie McGoldrick stated on Wednesday that three quarters of that amount will be for Gaza, where “a man-made tragedy is unfolding daily.”
A Israeli and Egyptian blockade on Gaza has been in place since the militant group Hamas took over the territory in 2007.
The closure along with Hamas’ conflicts with Israel and a bitter power struggle with the group’s bitter rival, the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, has devastated the economy.
Half the sum is to support emergency projects by UNRWA, the main UN agency for Palestinian refugees, after Washington slashed its funding this year.
The rest is to fund food, water, health, sanitation, shelter and education projects.


Turkey vows to keep striking PKK targets in Iraq

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Turkey vows to keep striking PKK targets in Iraq

  • Turkish foreign ministry said the country expected neighboring Iraq to fulfill its responsibilities in combatting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party
  • Turkey will invoke its “legitimate right to self-defense” if Iraq “does not do what’s necessary”

ISTANBUL: Turkey says it will continue to defend itself against terrorists after its strikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq sparked criticism from Baghdad.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Saturday that Turkey expected neighboring Iraq to fulfill its responsibilities in combatting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. He says Turkey will invoke its “legitimate right to self-defense” if Iraq “does not do what’s necessary.”
Iraq summoned Turkey’s ambassador on Friday to protest Turkish air raids on Iraq’s Sinjar and Makhmour mountains, where the PKK operates. The group has waged an insurgency inside Turkey for more than three decades but also fought against the Daesh group in Iraq.
The Turkish Defense Ministry says Thursday’s strikes targeted PKK bases that supply Kurdish positions in northern Syria.