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UNRWA chief warns Palestinian refugee agency facing a funding crisis

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30.11.2021

AMMAN, Jordan — The head of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees said Tuesday it was unable to pay its 28,000 employees on time this month because of a major funding crisis, warning of potential cuts in vital services to millions of people amid a global pandemic.

UNRWA runs schools, clinics and food distribution programs for millions of registered Palestinian refugees across the Middle East, mainly the descendants of Palestinians who fled or were driven out of what is now Israel during the 1948 war surrounding the Jewish state’s creation.

The 5.7 million refugees mostly live in camps that have been transformed into built-up but often impoverished residential areas in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, as well as Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

UNRWA head Philippe Lazzarini told reporters in Jordan that the resumption of United States support for the agency this year — which had been halted by the Trump administration — was offset by a reduction in funding by other donors.

The agency also went through a........

© The Times of Israel


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