Egypt: UNRWA suffers 'historical shortfall,' seeks int'l support

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl said the organisation needs outer financial support as it's facing a «historical shortfall» following the US decision to cut its multimillion dollar financial support, at a press conference in Cairo, Monday. «It is not about the UNRWA it is about 526.000 Palestinian... Еще refugees, boys and girls that we have in our schools. Throughout the Middle East there are over 3 million patients that use our clinics every year, 1.5 million people who benefit from our emergency work, this is what is at stake», claimed Krahenbuhl. Krahenbuhl spoke from the UN media centre following the talks he had with Arab League's foreign ministers where the necessity of financing UNRWA was reportedly discussed. Earlier the US State Department announced that it had determined the UNRWA to be «irredeemably flawed» and would be withdrawing all funding. The US contributed US $355 million (€305 million) to UNRWA in 2016 and released US $60 million (€43 million) of their allocated funding earlier this year, before announcing the cuts.

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