UK funding will be provided through the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) and other international humanitarian aid agencies. Both the UN and International Committee of the Red Cross have made urgent appeals for humanitarian funds.
The UN estimates that some 500,000 people have fled their homes in Lebanon due to the conflict. Priority needs include food, shelter, medical supplies and access to clean water.
DFID is also making arrangements for humanitarian and reconstruction advisers to be sent to the region as soon as possible.
Hilary Benn said:
“The humanitarian crisis in Lebanon is of grave concern. This conflict is causing great harm to the civilian populations on both sides and the continuing violence is making it very difficult to get aid where it is most needed.
“The international community needs to respond if we are to head off an even greater catastrophe.”