(JTA) — The United States said it will provide $71 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Palestinians in Gaza.
The funds announced Monday by Secretary of State John Kerry are above the $47 million pledged by the U.S. for emergency needs in Gaza in the wake of Israel’s military operation in the coastal strip.
From the new funding, $59 million will go to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or UNRWA, the State Department said in a statement. The rest will go to other agencies, including the U.S. Agency for International Development.
“The United States remains committed to addressing the needs of the Palestinian people,” the statement said.