Palestine: UNRWA director warns of chaos as US cuts Gaza aid

Matthias Schmale, Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) operations in Gaza warned against the implications of the USA's drastic aid scale-back, during an interview in the Gaza Strip on Thursday. According to Schmale, UNRWA sustains as many as 70 percent of refugees settled in Gaza and warned that if the US aids were cut, many... Еще would go hungry, and lose hope for an education and a prospective job. A further setback, however, would be a matter of security and stability as Schmale noted; «We could see massive social unrest if we are not able to continue supporting this 70 percent of the people and that could spill over into neighbouring countries and region». On Tuesday the US announced that it will give UNRWA $60 million (€49 million) in aid for Palestinian refugees, but will hold back the remaining $65 million (€53 million). According to State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, the decision was aimed at encouraging other countries to increase aid. However, many believe the cuts to be politically motivated as they came two weeks after US President Donald Trump questioned the value of the funding on Twitter and accused the Palestinians of not being «willing to talk peace».

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