UAE contributes $50 million to support Palestine refugee agency

July 29, 2019 Off By Web Desk

The United Arab Emirates announced a $50 million contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to support the Agency’s vital and lifesaving services provided to over five million Palestine refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank.

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, UNRWA said in a statement Monday.

UNRWA CommissionerGeneral Pierre KrA�henbuhl 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 statement.

In 2018, the UAE’s contribution of $50 million to UNRWA enabled it to open the doors of its 708 schools for the 20182019 academic year, and made the UAE the sixthlargest donor for that year.

UNRWA is mandated to provide lifesaving 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.

Source: International Islamic News Agency