Japan to donate relief supplies to Gaza amid humanitarian crisis

Japan's government has decided to donate thousands of blankets, tarps and other daily necessities for people suffering from the severe humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

The government made the decision at a Cabinet meeting on Friday as fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas drags on in Gaza. The government will send the aid through the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or UNRWA.

Many civilians in Gaza have been falling victim to the conflict, including those waiting to receive aid supplies or taking shelter in UN facilities.

Japan will donate 5,000 blankets, 10,000 water containers, 4,500 tarps and 8,500 sleeping mats.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Hayashi Yoshimasa told reporters that the government has so far provided humanitarian aid and supplies worth a total of 75 million dollars for people in Gaza.

He said the government will continue making speedy moves that meet the needs of people there in a decisive manner.