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UNRWA, U.S. Congress members: Palestinians need help urgently

Christian Fernsby |
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), which provides health care and education to millions of Palestinians, only has enough funding to operate until the end of the month, a top official has said.

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Topics: U.S.    PALESTINIANS   

Elizabeth Campbell, UNRWA's director in Washington, decried the Trump administration's aid cuts to the agency, saying they had a "corrosive impact" on refugees.

"We are basically operating on a month-to-month basis. Right now, we have funding to pay our 30,000 health care workers until the end of this month," Campbell said in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, as reported by Reuters.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), which provides health care and education to millions of Palestinians, only has enough funding to operate until the end of the month, a top official has said.

Elizabeth Campbell, UNRWA's director in Washington, decried the Trump administration's aid cuts to the agency, saying they had a "corrosive impact" on refugees.

"We are basically operating on a month-to-month basis. Right now, we have funding to pay our 30,000 health care workers until the end of this month," Campbell said in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, as reported by Reuters.

Late in April, 59 Congress members also wrote a letter to the administration calling for the release of aid to Palestinians through a special assistance programme.

"These funds could be put to instant use supporting the public health response, including the 3,300 health care workers staffing 144 UNRWA health clinics that are now on the front lines in combating this pandemic," the letter said.


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