Jordan warned on Wednesday that a severe financial shortfall was facing a United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees could have a “catastrophic” impact on the lives of millions of refugees in the region, Reuters reports.
#UNRWA offers food, education & medical care services, grants refugee status to all Palestinians forced to leave their homes in 1948 catastrophe, & are now living in #Gaza, #WestBank, #Lebanon, #Syria & #Jordan
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Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said after meeting visiting UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl the budget crisis facing the agency could deprive refugees of core education, healthcare and food security service that would only “deepen their humanitarian plight”.
Kushner called UNRWA 'corrupt and inefficient'https://t.co/9g9jDHZ0GR
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) August 6, 2018
Safadi was quoted as saying in a foreign ministry statement:
“UNRWA faces a dangerous financial deficit that threatens catastrophic consequences on refugees if it is not covered before its financial allocations run out.”
UNRWA has faced a cash crisis since the United States, long its biggest donor, slashed funding to the agency, providing just $60 million of a promised $365 million this year.
So can #Jordan protect #UNRWA and the status of 2 million #Palestinian refugees? Sounds like a risky business for the oasis of peace .#فلسطين #الأردن #الأونروا
Abbas, Jordan king agree on need to support Palestinian refugee agency https://t.co/nNeK4yqiBc via @timesofisrael
— Al-Anoud Al-Sarhan (@Inkbloodedwoman) August 9, 2018
US President Donald Trump withheld the aid after questioning its value and saying Washington would only provide more assistance if the Palestinians agreed to renew peace talks with Israel.
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