Denmark’s development ministry on Friday announced an emergency aid package of 11 million kroner ($2 million) to help civilians in Gaza.
The announcement came the morning after Israel instituted a military ground campaign following peace talks in Cairo that failed to reach a breakthrough.
“The spiral of violence between Gaza and Israel has unbearable costs for completely innocent people,” Mogens Jensen, the trade and development minister, said. “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.”
The development ministry said that the Danish funds would be split equally between the Red Cross and the UN’s catastrophe fund for Palestine.
The money will go toward ambulances, medicine, psychological help and improving the water supply in Gaza.
Jensen said Denmark’s contributions would also go toward ensuring that humanitarian law is protected in the war-torn area.
“It is appalling that children playing on the beach risk being killed in a war that has nothing to do with them,” he said. “We must demand sustained respect for international humanitarian law lest the civilian casualties rise and emergency workers be barred from access.”
Over 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israel’s military campaign and over 1,500 have been injured.
On Thursday in Copenhagen, a demonstration in support of Gaza attracted around 1,000 people for the second day in a row.