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Hamdallah: UNRWA crisis to be solved in coming days

Aug. 11, 2015 9:29 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 11, 2015 9:29 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The financial crisis within the UN refugee agency for Palestinian refugees will be solved in the coming days, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Tuesday.

Efforts are being made to ensure the school year starts on time, Hamdallah said, adding that the PA has been in touch with donor countries to urge them to support UNRWA in the provision of vital services to Palestinian refugees.

The PM did not provide further details about how the financial crisis will be resolved.

In recent months, the agency has been struggling to secure donor funding, forcing it to scale back on its core services, including education, in addition to its emergency relief programs.

Last month, UNRWA said that unless funding was secured by the middle of August to cover a $101 million deficit, "the financial crisis may force the suspension of services relating to the Agency's education program."

The news has outraged the nearly three million registered Palestinian refugees living in 27 refugee camps throughout the Gaza Strip and West Bank that depend on the agency to meet their basic needs.

Outlier / USA
If so, then once again Hamas gets another "pass" on showing it cares about Gaza's people.
11/08/2015 23:07
George / England
The Muslims have huge wealth - they could have found ways of saving Arab lives. What UNWRA has done for Arabs is peanuts, compared with what the emir of Qatar could do, and could have done
12/08/2015 08:12
Brian Cohen / Israel
$101 million deficit? That's half of what the Qatari princes pay for breakfast during their vacations. Ya gotta wonder that Qatar forks out $400 million or more for Hamas, but won't give a penny to UNRWA to keep schools open. What's going on here?
12/08/2015 12:42
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