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German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock announces €50 million in aid for civilians in Gaza

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has announced an additional €50 million ($52.9 million) funding package for civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Germany was also preparing to send medical teams to the strip that has been under siege by Israel for almost two weeks now.

Israel vowed to stamp out Hamas militant group — deemed a terrorist group by the EU, US and others — that rules the Gaza Strip in response to breaching border defenses and killing more than 1,400 Israeli civilians and troops on October 7.

But thehumanitarian situation in Gaza is dire, as aid group await access to deliver basic supplies.

Baerbock announced the aid package in Jordan, the first stop in her tour of the region. She goes to Israel early Friday morning and flies to Beirut, Lebanon, the same day.

The aim of her tour, she said, was to express “unwavering solidarity” with Israel and to help ensure Palestinians secure access to aid.

“Our message is clear,” she said at the news conference in Amman, “We don’t abandon the innocent Palestinian mothers, fathers and children.”

Baerbock also reiterated support for Israel, saying Tel Aviv has the “right to defend itself against Hamas terror” and accused the group of holding captives as “human shields” in the war.

Baerbock was in Israel on October 13 to underscore Germany’s solidarity with Israel.