By Judi McLeod
- An initial $15 million contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in response to UNRWA’s $60 million Gaza Flash Appeal; (this is after rockets were found in two UNRWA schools);
- $3.5 million in emergency relief assistance from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA);
- $10 million in existing USAID bilateral funding, redirected to meet immediate humanitarian needs; and
- $18.5 million in new USAID bilateral funding for humanitarian and emergency relief assistance.
“Egypt has proposed a cease-fire plan that is backed by the U.S. and Israel but has been rejected by Hamas. (CBS)
“The proposal calls for a 48 hour halt in fighting followed by intensive talks, explains CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan, who is traveling with Kerry. In turning thumbs down on the plan, she says, Hamas insisted it it wouldn’t stop firing unless Gaza’s closed border with Egypt is opened to allow in food and medical aid and let some trapped Palestinian civilians out. But, Brennan notes, both the Israelis and the Egyptians fear that would enable Hamas to smuggle in more weapons.
“Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said Tuesday’s talks were focused “to not only resolve this issue, but also to set in motion once again the peace process that Secretary Kerry has been so actively involved in so as to end this ongoing conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis.”