Israel Donates $500,000 to Afghans Refugees Who Fled Taliban

Israel's Foreign Ministry said the aid to Afghan refugees who fled to Tajikistan is part of Israel's commitment to the international community

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A makeshift clinic organized by World Vision at a settlement near Herat, Afghanistan, in December.
A makeshift clinic organized by World Vision at a settlement near Herat, Afghanistan, in December.Credit: AP

Israel has donated $500,000 to the United Nations for food, medical aid and other assistance for Afghan refugees in Tajikistan, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

Alon Ushpiz, director general of the ministry, said Israel is proud to be part of the international effort to help Afghans who fled from the Taliban takeover of the country in August. Ushpiz said the aid is part of Israel's commitment to the international community.

The donation came the same day the UN made what it called a record $5 billion appeal to help Afghanistan and its neighboring countries.

The appeal seeks $4.4 billion for UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and its partners, plus $623 million for the UN's refugee agency, UNHCR, to help more than 6 million Afghans who have fled. That's about 15 percent of Afghanistan’s total population.

Others continue to trickle across the border, UNHCR said, while noting that an estimated 175,000 have returned to the country since the Taliban takeover.

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