United Nations Relief and Works Agency

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United Nations Relief and Works Agency

Also called UNRWA. An organization created by the United Nations in 1948 and charged with providing assistance and humanitarian relief to Palestinians living in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, as well as those living in Palestinian territories. Most of those whom the agency helps were displaced following the Israeli War for Independence in 1948, or are their descendants. UNRWA is the only UN relief agency concentrating in a specific area.
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UNRWA supports Ismail and all Palestine refugees who strive, against all odds, to achieve their full potential through higher education.
Ambassador of France to Jordan, David Bertolotti emphasised that, Given the critical financial situation of UNRWA, France has taken its responsibilities and doubled its contribution to reach EUR 20 million for 2019.
In Gaza alone, one million Palestine refugees depend on UNRWA for food," he said.
Speaking in Jerusalem British Consul General, Philip Hall said: "Today's significant funding announcement underlines our strong and ongoing support for UNRWA's role in providing essential services to millions of Palestinian refugees across the region."
has alleged that UNRWA must be dismantled or reformed.
He explained that the presence of UNRWA in East Jerusalem falls under UN General Assembly resolution, and that there are bilateral agreements binding the Israeli side to respect the agency's presence in Jerusalem.
UNRWA received a fresh donation amounting to $50 million from the Kingdom in support of Palestinian refugees in their places of residence.
UNRWA ran into deep financial trouble earlier this year when the United States cut back its funding of the Agency by around $300 million.
"An abrupt cessation of UNRWA services will create humanitarian emergencies that will burden host countries that are already overburdened.
The decision by US President Donald Trump's administration to stop funding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has politicized humanitarian aid, threatens to add yet more fuel to one of the world's most combustible conflicts, and jeopardizes the futures of a half-million Palestinian children and young people.
The session will be of great importance given the region's recent developments, the current attempts to end the role of the (UNRWA) and the ongoing preparations for the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly, to be held later in September, spokesmanof the AL Secretary General Mahmoud Afifi said.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) provides services to about 5 million Palestinian refugees across Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank and Gaza.