19 million euros for UNRWA
In response to the call of its Commissioner-General Belgium has decided to allocate 19 million euros over the next 3 years to UNRWA, the United Nations agency which provides humanitarian help to Palestinian refugees.
Belgium is one of the few donors that provides this kind of multi-annual funding. Considering the financial difficulties which UNRWA currently faces, the Belgian annual contribution will be disbursed immediately. The US government recently decided to suspend half of its support to UNRWA.
UNRWA was established in 1949 in order to provide assistance to Palestinian refugees, who in the aftermath of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War numbered about 700.000. Today, UNRWA offers to approximately 5 million Palestine refugees services such as education, health care and housing. UNRWA is active in Palestinian occupied territories, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. UNRWA defends also the rights of Palestinian refugees, in line with international law.
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