This funding package will help to meet the vital needs of around 100,000 vulnerable Palestinians gravely affected by the severe climate conditions that have destroyed between 70 to 100% of open fields and have caused extreme water shortages in the occupied Palestinian territory. Activities to be undertaken by the Commission's humanitarian partners include:
Emergency water distribution: distribution to vulnerable families with sufficient quantities to cover their domestic and livelihood needs
Enhancement of people's capacity for water storing and harvesting: this will happen through the construction of household water harvesting cisterns or provision of water storing facilities
Provision of water trucks to the joint service councils, to enable them to carry out water distribution.
These funds are in addition to the € 64 million allocated earlier in the year from the European Commission's humanitarian aid budget for humanitarian assistance to vulnerable Palestinians, including the provision of food aid. Since 2000, the Commission's total humanitarian response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has reached € 407 million. In addition to the humanitarian assistance provided through ECHO, the European Union, the largest donor to the Palestinian people, channels assistance through its PEGASE mechanism, to help the Palestinian authority meet the needs of all Palestinians, and to help strengthen their institutions.
For further information, please contact:
European Commission Humanitarian Aid office (ECHO), Jerusalem
Tel: + 972 2 628 99 96, Mob+ 972 548 022 760