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Saudi pledges $86 million to UNRWA

May 28, 2013 7:06 P.M. (Updated: May 29, 2013 7:25 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Saudi Arabia has pledged $86 million to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees to fund projects in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon, the official Palestinian Authority news agency reported.

Yousef al-Bassam, managing director of the Saudi Fund for Development, signed the funding agreements with Filippo Grandi, commissioner-general of the UN Relief and Works Agency, Wafa reported.

Saudi Arabia will donate $14 million to UNRWA projects in the West Bank, including the reconstruction of a medical complex in Hebron and three schools in refugee camps, and the refurbishment of 930 apartments.

The kingdom allocated $54.5 million to reconstruct 1,000 residential units and to build six new schools in the Gaza Strip, as part of the Gulf Cooperation Council's project to rebuild the war-torn enclave.

Saudi Arabia also donated $17.5 million to improve living conditions in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon

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