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# Humanitarian Aid

Last month
November 2023
Failure to observe humanitarian law 'can’t be inconsequential', Varadkar tells conference on Gaza
The Palestinian Prime Minister is also in attendance and said: ‘How many Palestinians have to be killed before the war stops?’
This year
Israeli diplomat in Dublin deletes claim that Ireland funded Hamas tunnels in Gaza
The Israeli Embassy posted a statement today on the matter.
Besieged Palestinians await arrival of aid trucks promised in deal struck by Biden
Egyptian state-linked broadcaster Al Qahera News said the Rafah border crossing would open tomorrow.
EU triple aid to Palestine as leaders struggle to find common ground
EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said there is “no excuse for hitting a hospital full of civilians”.
'Get real': Tánaiste defends rifle training for Ukrainian soldiers, says it's 'non-lethal' aid
Martin said that the aid given by Ireland is ‘minor’ compared to the assistance given by other European countries.
Blasts rock Khartoum as warring sides meet to prevent 'humanitarian catastrophe'
More than 750 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced since fighting erupted on 15 April.
Last year
Aid bodies suspend Afghanistan operations after ban on women aid workers
The UN also said that some of its time-critical programmes have had to stop temporarily due to lack of female staff.
'An economic implosion': Afghanistan's hunger crisis explained
Some 55% of the Afghan population is now suffering from hunger, according to the United Nations.
All time
Widely criticised trial of Irishman in Greece adjourned, moved to appeals court
Greek authorities have been accused of attempting to discourage humanitarian work by criminalising volunteers.
Human rights organisations have accused Greece of attempting to criminalise aid work for migrants, Michelle Hennessy reports.
A protest in Brussels this week called for authorities to drop the charges.
Rare cooperation between Russia and US sees cross-border aid to Syria continue
The approved text is an amalgam of two drafts – one proposed by Ireland and Norway, and another by Russia.
Opinion: In makeshift refugee camps a lost generation of Syrian children cling to hope
The Syrian crisis may be entering its ninth year but a return home still feels a long way off for half a million children stranded in Lebanon, writes Aine Costigan
Coveney announces further €2 million of government funding for Palestinian people
Ireland’s total funding to Palestinian people this year amounted to €15.38 million.
Simon Coveney in Jordan: '80,000 live in Zaatari refugee camp. That's the same population as Galway City'
‘Children are growing up in Zaatari refugee camp having never known any other home,’ writes Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney.
Mark Zuckerberg apologises for use of VR video to highlight Puerto Rico aid message
Yesterday, Zuckerberg used Facebook’s app Spaces to roam through a VR-produced 360 video of Puerto Rico.
Two leading charities, Oxfam Ireland and GOAL, enter into merger negotiations
If the merger goes ahead the new global development agency named Oxfam Goal will be based in Ireland
Ireland to provide humanitarian aid after storm kills 300 in Haiti
The US is now bracing itself for Hurricane Matthew, with states of emergencies declared in a number of places.
Ireland is giving €7.5 million to help Syrian people
“Ireland remains committed to the delivery of humanitarian assistance.”
Irish Naval Service crew to be given medals for assistance with migrant crisis
The Irish Naval Service has rescued over 11,500 migrants to date.
Russian military helicopter shot down over Syria
The five people on board are believed to have died.
Aid will finally reach 500,000 besieged Syrians today but peace is a long way off
Almost half a million people in Syria are in areas under siege.
Ireland is giving more money to help people suffering in Syria
A total of €13 million in humanitarian support has now been committed to victims of the Syrian conflict by the Irish government this year.
Column: Syria is the humanitarian tragedy of our generation, yet most people just shrug their shoulders
Massacres, hostage-taking, torture and sexual violence. These are the war crimes happening in Syria, yet why don’t we care, asks GOAL CEO Barry Andrews.
28 million people in the Middle East need humanitarian aid
Today is World Humanitarian Day and Oxfam Ireland are calling for help.
Ukraine isn't going to let Russia's 'humanitarian convoy' across its border
Russia insisted its military would not be involved in the convoy, but Kiev said Moscow could only play a role as part of a broader Red Cross mission.
Nearly 11 million Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian aid
In his monthly report to the UN Security Council, Ban Ki-moon said that nearly half of the country is in need of immediate help.
This video of a fictional civil war in the West is the daily reality for children in Syria
The striking clip brings home the effect the conflict is having on children.
Latest round of Irish humanitarian funding for Syrian crisis announced
€5.3 million has been approved, out of a total of €12 million this year.
Ireland is providing another €12 million in Syrian aid
This brings the total contribution by Ireland since 2011 to over €26 million.
Plane filled with aid from "generous" Irish leaves for Philippines
The aid is being sent by GOAL on a special Aer Lingus flight to the stricken country.
Column: “Being caught with patients is like being caught with a weapon”
The Syrian people are now presented with the absurd situation of weapons inspectors freely driving through areas of desperate need – while the ambulances, food and drug supplies organised by humanitarian organisations are blocked.
Column: Are you in or out? Welcome to the great digital divide
The facts are clear: if we want to continue to help the most vulnerable people in this digital age, we must provide the nuts and bolts for the bridge to cross the digital divide, writes John Roche.
Ireland to give an additional €3m in humanitarian aid to Syria
Ireland’s total contribution to the international humanitarian response in Syria is almost €14 million.
Column: There has never been a more dangerous time to be an aid worker
On World Humanitarian Day, Dominic MacSorely hails the men and women who have dedicated their lives, and sometimes lost them, in an attempt to reduce suffering across the world.
Médecins Sans Frontières closes centres in Somalia after attacks on staff
After 22 years of work, MSF blames civilians leaders’ tolerance of these abuses.
Ireland announces €3.8m in funding for UN agencies and NGOs in Congo
Seven million people have died as a result of war in DR Congo since 1998 – making it the one of the deadliest conflicts since World War II, said the Minister for Trade and Development.
Oxfam Ireland fears EU budget cuts will leave millions in poverty
The charity said that the €6.1 billion which is set to be cut could instead help lift 4.6 million people out of extreme poverty.
Over 12,000 Syrians flee to Jordan in six days
The UN has predicted that the number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries will double to 1.1 million by June if the civil war in Syria does not end.
Assad warns against armed intervention
Meanwhile the UN has said that the need for humanitarian aid in Syria could rise sharply early next year.
Costello to announce increase in humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees
The junior foreign minister will visit a refugee camp in Jordan this week where it’s expected he will announce a significant increase in humanitarian aid for people displaced by the civil war.
Aid team gains entry to struggling region of Homs in Syria
The food and emergency aid convoy has spent the past six days trying to secure entry to Baba Amr.