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Switzerland grants further aid to victims of violence in Palestinian territories

Switzerland has pledged a further SFr1 million ($600,000) in humanitarian aid for victims of the violence in the Palestinian territories.

The foreign ministry's development aid agency said the money would go towards a United Nations organisation supporting education, health and welfare programmes.

In October, Switzerland released emergency aid worth SFr150,000 for the victims of the latest wave of violence between Israelis and Palestinians. The funds were used to buy medicines and other medical supplies.

The government also granted SFr1.5 million ($0.9 million) towards the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

Over the past few years, the Swiss government has spent an average of SFr10 million ($6 million) in aid for the nearly four million Palestinian refugees living in the Israeli-occupied territories, and Syria and Lebanon.

The government also organised an international conference in Lausanne to coordinate relief aid among donor countries. The meeting raised a total of SFr39 million ($23 million).

swissinfo with agencies

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