UNRWA says to provide services to more refugees in Gaza

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GAZA, June 15 (Xinhua) — An official of the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) said on Monday that the global agency is to extend its services to more refugees in the Gaza Strip.

Adnan Abu Hasna, the media advisor of UNRWA in Gaza, told reporters that “despite the financial crisis of UNRWA, I expect that the agency will provide its services to 100,000 more refugees in Gaza.”

“The number of Palestinian refugees, who receive UNRWA’s services, will reach 1.2 million in the Gaza Strip,” he said.

Abu Hasna warned of the fast and big collapses of the social and economic sectors amid the Israeli blockade which has been imposed on the coastal enclave since 2007.

He also warned that the financial crisis that UNRWA is passing through “would influence the Palestinian refugees’ situations, mainly in the Gaza Strip, which suffers from high rates of poverty and unemployment.”

Abu Hasna clarified that UNRWA needs a budget of 1.4 billion U.S. dollars for this year, but so far received “416 million dollars only, which will harm UNRWA’s humanitarian programs.”

UNRWA’s financial crisis started when U.S. President Donald Trump decided in early 2018 to cut 360 million dollars from the annual budget of the humanitarian agency, which represents 30 percent of the entire budget of UNRWA. Enditem

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