Scotland

Gaza aid appeal raises almost £1m in Scotland

Prayers in the remains of a mosque in Gaza City, 5 Sept Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Prayers are held in the remains of a mosque in Gaza City

More than £900,000 has been raised in a month in Scotland to help those affected by the Gaza crisis.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said it had been able to reach 1.1 million people with aid since it launched the fundraising drive in the UK on 8 August.

Gaza is recovering after a devastating 50-day conflict with Israel.

More than 2,100 Palestinians died in Gaza, along with 66 Israeli soldiers and seven civilians in Israel.

In total, £14m has been raised in the UK, with £930,000 coming from Scottish donations, the DEC said.

'Very grateful'

The charity thanked those who have given to the fund and supported its work.

Tens of thousands of individual donations have been made as well as larger single donations including £10,000 from Renfrewshire Council.

The City of Edinburgh Council has been flying a DEC flag, bearing the donation telephone number, above the City Chambers during the appeal, which will remain open until February.

DEC chairman in Scotland Neil Mathers said: "We are very grateful to the Scottish public for their generosity in supporting people affected by the crisis in Gaza, and to the councils and politicians who have backed the appeal.

"Raising money to help those affected by conflict is always challenging but the public have responded and supported us, enabling us to help those in Gaza who are suffering."

He added: "As an uneasy peace holds and the dust settles there is now an enormous amount of work to be done supporting people to rebuild their lives.

"The DEC will continue funding its members for the next two years as they set about this work in Gaza."

The money raised by DEC has been split between other charities working in the area.

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