UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said, “The return to widespread violence following the recent collapse of ceasefire talks is an overwhelming tragedy for civilians in Gaza. During a week when children should have been starting their new school year, they are instead facing prolonged insecurity, fear and suffering. To make matters worse, the extensive destruction caused by the conflict means that many Palestinians will have no home to return to once hostilities have ended. Many will face a harsh winter in emergency shelters. We call on the international community to help us ensure that all affected families receive the necessary support and dignified living conditions in the midst of the tragedy caused by this conflict".
Rossella Fanelli, WFP/Jerusalem, Tel. +972 2 5401340 2210, Mob. +972 54 6773160
Colin Kampschoer, WFP/Jerusalem, Tel. +972 2 5401340 2280, Mob. +972 546773136
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UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.
Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 68 million.
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UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
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