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Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Sweden provides additional humanitarian support to civilian population in Gaza


Through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Sweden is providing an additional SEK 60 million in humanitarian assistance to the vulnerable civilian population in Gaza, where the majority of those affected are women and children.

The increased assistance to Gaza will address the most urgent needs, such as food, water, health and medical care, and protection.

“The needs of the civilian population in Gaza for immediate humanitarian assistance are immense. The Government therefore welcomes the additional support that is now being enabled,” says Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell.

Sida’s new support package supplements the Government’s SEK 150 million in humanitarian assistance that was presented on 2 November. Sweden has now provided a total of over SEK 200 million since 7 October. Sweden’s humanitarian support to Palestine through Sida in 2023 totals more than SEK 195 million.

Press contact

Karl Opdal
Press Secretary to Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00

About Sida’s assistance in Palestine

  • Sida is providing a total of more than SEK 195 million in humanitarian assistance to Palestine in 2023.
  • Prior to 7 October, Sida had provided around SEK 134 million in humanitarian assistance to Palestine, focusing on areas such as health and medical care (including mental health), water and energy, food and livelihoods.
  • On 10 October, the Government decided to pause long-term development assistance in Palestine and tasked Sida with conducting a review of assistance by 1 December. Humanitarian assistance is not affected by this hiatus.