President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that his administration is sending $100 million in “humanitarian assistance” to Gaza and the West Bank for the Palestinian people. The Gaza Strip is home to Hamas, a terrorist organization that recently attacked Israel, killing 1,300 people – mostly civilians – and wounding thousands more.
In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Biden insisted the aid will reach “those in need – not Hamas or terrorist groups,” but did not provide any details on how he will prevent the aid from supporting terrorists in the region.
“I just announced $100 million for humanitarian assistance in Gaza and the West Bank. This money will support over 1 million displaced and conflict-affected Palestinians. And we will have mechanisms in place so this aid reaches those in need – not Hamas or terrorist groups,” Biden wrote on X.
The White House released the following statement about the aid:
President Biden announced today that the United States is providing $100 million in humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank. This funding will help support over a million displaced and conflict-affected people with clean water, food, hygiene support, medical care, and other essential needs. The United States provides humanitarian assistance through trusted partners including UN agencies and international NGOs.
Civilians are not to blame and should not suffer for Hamas’s horrific terrorism. Civilian lives must be protected and assistance must urgently reach those in need. We will continue to work closely with partners in the region to stress the importance of upholding the law of war, supporting those who are trying to get to safety or provide assistance, and facilitating access to food, water, medical care, and shelter.