Saudi Arabia Donates $27m to UNRWA for Palestinian Refugees

Palestinian children in Gaza take part an UNRWA campaign. (Photo via UNRWA)

Saudi Arabia has donated $27 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to support the services for Palestinian refugees in the occupied territories, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

An agreement was signed on Sunday during a press conference in Amman, during which the Saudi Ambassador to Jordan Nayef Al-Sudairi noted that the total Saudi support for Palestine has exceeded $5.2 billion since 1999.

“Saudi Arabia’s firm stance toward the Palestinian cause has continued until the rule of King Salman and his crown prince,” Al-Sudairi said.

“The king has announced the official Saudi position on numerous occasions, which was reiterated recently by the Kingdom’s foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, at the 77th UNGA in New York a few weeks ago,” he added.

“Support from the Kingdom and its institutions contributed to the ability of the UNRWA to maintain its vital services for Palestine refugees over decades,” said Commissioner General of UNRWA, Philippe Lazzarini.

Lazzarini went on to explain that the agency has experienced difficulty maintaining funding due to the unpredictability of donors over the past decade.

UNRWA was established in 1949 to provide assistance and protection to refugees in five areas, including Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank, and Gaza, until they are given their right to return to the homes they were forced out of as a result of the creation of the state of Israel.


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