UN Palestinian refugee agency seeks $1.6bn

GENEVA, 25 January 2023, (TON): The UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, appealed for $1.6 billion for its work in 2023, as it struggles to overcome chronic budget shortfalls.

UNRWA which provides services to nearly six million Palestinians registered in the Palestinian territories, including Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, as well as in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria warned that “compounding challenges” had placed it under “immense strain”.

The agency, which counts nearly 30,000 staff most of them Palestinian refugees runs more than 700 schools that offer education to half a million children, and provides health, sanitation and social services, including food and cash assistance.

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