Sarah Champion calls for humanitarian supprt for Gaza

Gaza’s already dire situation has been worsened by an electricity crisis since April 2017 that has led to blackouts of up to 20 hours per day. This has had profound effects on livelihoods and healthcare, as well exacerbating an existing problem with sewage treatment and left Gaza’s shores highly polluted.

Despite persistent warnings about the scale of the crisis and its likelihood to dramatically worsen, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ appeal for $25m of urgently needed humanitarian funding for Gaza has gone largely unmet.

Together with other MPs, I called on the Government to provide urgent relief to the people of Gaza, both by contributing to OCHA’s funding appeal and ensuring that existing UK aid spending is deployed in investing in essential infrastructure projects. I also called on the Government to use all diplomatic means at its disposal to bring about an end to the blockade of Gaza.

I was pleased to receive a response reiterating the UK Government’s commitment to the people of Gaza. Britain must do everything it can to bring about an end to this humanitarian tragedy. I will continue to do whatever I can to ensure that the people suffering in Gaza are not forgotten.

Matthew Trueman