The European Commission will provide an additional 3 million in relief assistance for the Gaza Strip. The aid, announced on 4 January, will be deployed as rapidly as possible to meet the basic needs of people affected by the Israeli air strikes and by continuing access restrictions. Close cooperation is taking place with the Czech EU Presidency, says the Commission. In 2008, the EU executive provided more than 73 million in humanitarian assistance for victims of the ongoing crisis in the Palestinian...

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