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UAE contributes $50 million to support UNRWA services to Palestine refugees


JERUSALEM, Monday, July 29, 2019 (WAFA) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced a $50 million contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to support the Agency’s vital and life-saving services provided to over five million Palestine refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank, an UNRWA press release said today.

“The UAE is a valued and reliable partner to the Agency, and one of a select few donors whose regular support over several decades has greatly contributed to the Agency’s ability to carry out its mandate,” said the release.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl commended the UAE for its support.

“At a time of intense pressure on our Agency, the immense generosity of the United Arab Emirates sends a clear message that Palestine refugees are not alone. In addition to a crucial financial contribution, it is also a show of solidarity by the UAE for which I am deeply grateful,” he said.

This financial support  will go a long way in helping UNRWA maintain its programs for 2019 as planned, namely in the areas of primary healthcare, education and social services, all vital for the life and dignity of Palestine refugees, and an anchor for their feeling of stability, said the press release.

In 2018, the UAE’s contribution of $50 million to the Agency enabled it to open the doors of its 708 schools for the 2018-2019 academic year, and made the UAE the sixth largest donor for that year.

UNRWA is mandated to provide life-saving services to some 5.4 million Palestinian refugees registered with the Agency across its five fields of operation in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Its services include education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.


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