Estonia to send humanitarian, medical aid to Israel and Palestine

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Minister of Defense Hanno Pevkur.
Minister of Defense Hanno Pevkur. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

Estonia will send €250,000 worth of medical and humanitarian aid to Israel and Palestine, Minister of Defence Hanno Pevkur (Reform) told his Israeli counterpart on Thursday.

Pevkur spoke with Yoav Gallant about the situation in the Gaza Strip this morning about Estonia's proposal to send medical and humanitarian aid to the region.

He extended condolences to his colleague for those killed in the terrorist attacks.

"In light of the heinous terrorist attacks on October 7, Israel clearly has the right to defend itself and to ensure the safety of Israel's inhabitants," said Pevkur.

"Estonia stands in full solidarity with Israel. In response to the recent request from the Ministry of Defence of Israel, the Government of Estonia has proposed sending medical supplies to Israel. In addition, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allocate financial support to Palestinians for humanitarian relief," he said in a statement.

In the phone call, minister Pevkur also underlined the need for all actions to be in accordance with international law and to avoid civilian casualties, as well as a humanitarian crisis.

Kallas: Inciting a crisis in the region benefits no one

Kaja Kallas. Source: Jürgen Randma/ Stenbocki maja

The money will be given to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will receive assistance in addition to Israel, the government said.

"Hamas is waging a ruthless campaign of terror with zero regard for human life, including the lives of Palestinians," Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) said. "Israel is fully entitled to defend itself. But it must do so in a way that spares innocent lives and adheres to the norms of international law."

She said it is important that humanitarian aid reaches those who need it quickly and without hindrance.

Kallas noted that radicalization in any form is a threat to all, which is why there must be cooperation among countries in the region and with other partners to ensure that the conflict in the Middle East does not spread.

"Bringing the violence and tension to an end is in the interests of the Israelis, the Palestinians, the Middle East and the world as a whole," she said. "Inciting a crisis in the region benefits no one other than those interested in drawing our attention away from other issues and undermining our unity. That is to say, it is useful to those seeking to distract the free world from its support for Ukraine. It is all the more important then that we maintain a united front and wide-ranging support for the Ukrainians."

This article was updated to add comments from Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.


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