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23 April 2024

Germany, Sweden pledge humanitarian aid for Gaza


Germany says it offered more than 11 million euros ($15.3 million) for humanitarian efforts in Gaza this month.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Jens Ploetner says the funds went to aid organisations.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel advocates a cease-fire. Her office says she spoke Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and Monday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Later Monday she will meet Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Meanwhile Sweden says it will give 10 million kronor ($1.3 million) to a UN-administered fund for Gaza. It already had donated 7 million kronor.

The Swedish International Development Agency says the funds are being used for hospitals, medicines and food.