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Launch of the “Food for Gaza” initiative

Food for Gaza

On March 11, the Deputy Prime Minister and Hon. Minister Antonio Tajani, met with the Director General of the FAO, Qu Dongyu, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), Cindy McCain, and the Deputy Secretary General of the International Federation of the Red Cross (FICROSS), Xavier Castellanos, to launch the “Food for Gaza” initiative, an initiative that arises from the need to do more in the face of a very serious humanitarian situation and which focuses on the key needs of the population: food, healthcare, protection.

The objective of “Food for Gaza” is to create a system with organizations active in the field to facilitate access to aid.

The success of a coordinated intervention on the food security of the population of Gaza could in turn facilitate the conditions for a political outcome on which Italy is working together with international partners.

The initiative represents a further piece of the comprehensive Italian aid provided since the outbreak of the crisis. Since October 2023, Italy has already allocated 20 million euros for humanitarian interventions in the Strip and is at the forefront in providing assistance to civilians exhausted by the conflict. Italy provided 16 tons of basic necessities transported from the Brindisi base; sent a Navy unit (the Vulcano Ship) with a hospital on board with CT scan, surgical and resuscitation capabilities, allowing assistance and medical care to be provided to Palestinian civilians, mostly minors; sent Air Force flights, again as part of the initiative aimed at providing essential medical care to Palestinian children in Italian hospitals.

Press point following the launch of the initiative: