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Malaysia donates $1 million to UNRWA

Dec. 6, 2012 9:57 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 6, 2012 9:57 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Malaysia has donated $1 million to support UNRWA in the Gaza Strip in response to Israel's recent war on the enclave, the UN agency said Thursday.

The contribution is in addition to $200,000 donated by Malaysia in November to support the regular services of the agency, which supports Palestinian refugees.

"We hope and pray for a quick and lasting resolution to this historical injustice," said Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, announcing the million-dollar donation.

"In the meantime, Malaysia will continue to help the Palestinian people, whether in cash or in kind," he added.

UNRWA official in Gaza Robert Turner thanked Malaysia for its quick response to refugee needs in Gaza, noting that it was the country's largest ever contribution to UNRWA.

"We look forward to continuing our partnership with Malaysia working hand-in-hand to support the needs of Palestine refugees throughout all of UNRWA's fields of operations," Turner added.

UNRWA is facing a financial crisis due to large deficits and a growing refugee population.
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