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Saudi Arabia donates $25 million to UNRWA to continue operation

October 09, 2020
Employees of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and their families protest against job cuts announced by the agency outside its offices in Gaza City in this July 31, 2018 file picture.
Employees of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and their families protest against job cuts announced by the agency outside its offices in Gaza City in this July 31, 2018 file picture.



JEDDAH — Saudi Arabia has contributed $25 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) through its embassy in the Jordanian capital.

In a statement early this week, UNRWA said the contribution is part of a larger commitment pledged by the Kingdom to help the agency maintain the important services it provides to a total of 5.6 million Palestine refugees.

The statement quoted UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini as saying that “at a time of regional political turmoil, pandemic and economic and financial crises, Palestine refugees will know that their rights and wellbeing are not being questioned and that Saudi Arabia stands by them”.

The United States was UNRWA’s top donor and funded about 30 percent of its operations in the region, but it announced the suspension of its funding in 2018.

In 2018, Saudi Arabia contributed $50 million to UNRWA to help fill the shortage created by the US decision.

Over the years, its strong support has also transpired through increased funding to food aid, infrastructure, and health-related projects by KSRelief and the Saudi Fund for Development totaling more than $800 million.

Saudi Arabia reconstructed and repaired about 250 affected houses for Palestinian refugees in Gaza Strip, the statement noted.


October 09, 2020
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