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Government’s response to situation in Israel and Palestine

On 7 October 2023, Hamas carried out a terrorist attack against Israel. The security situation in the region has seriously deteriorated since then. Information about the Government’s response to the situation and the subsequent war is provided here.

Responsible ministers
Tobias Billström
Johan Forssell
Responsible ministries
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Government increases humanitarian support to Gaza

    Forssell is talking during a press conference, standing in front of the Swedish flag and the EU flag
    Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell presents a new humanitarian aid package to Gaza. Stina Gullander/Government Offices of Sweden

    In view of the extensive humanitarian needs in Gaza, the Government has presented a new humanitarian aid package amounting to SEK 120 million. The support will be distributed to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Government’s response to situation in Israel and Palestine

Government’s response to the war between Israel and Hamas

Recent fighting between Israel and the terrorist organisation Hamas has been ongoing since Hamas carried out horrific attacks on civilian men, women and children in Israel on 7 October 2023. Around 1 200 people were killed and more than 200 civilians, including children and elderly people, were taken hostage and removed to Gaza. Israel has suffered the worst mass murder of Jews since the Holocaust. In the subsequent war, tens of thousands of Palestinians have died, including thousands of children. The human suffering of the civilian population is immense.

Sweden’s humanitarian support to Gaza

Due to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Sweden has increased its humanitarian assistance by approximately SEK 520 million since 7 October 2023. Sweden has long been one of the largest donors to several humanitarian actors operating in Gaza.

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