UNRWA warns about looming crises in April if funding does not resume

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AMMAN — On Thursday, UNRWA issued a grave warning, highlighting the looming threat of significant crises should donor countries fail to resume funding for the agency by April. اضافة اعلان

Recent donations, as reported by Al-Mamlaka TV, have provided some relief, enabling UNRWA to fulfill its obligations by disbursing salaries for February and sustaining ongoing operations. Juliette Touma, UNRWA's Director of Communications, affirmed the successful disbursement of February salaries and reassured that operations and schools in Jordan will persist throughout March.

Nevertheless, the specter of imminent crisis looms large. Adnan Abu Hasna cautioned that serious challenges will emerge come April without reversing the decision to suspend contributions or new funding from alternative donor nations. Abu Hasna expressed hope for additional funding from Arab countries.

UNRWA Commissioner Philippe Lazzarini recently delivered a sobering message to the General Assembly, highlighting the agency's dangerous position on the brink of collapse.

The UN in Jordan even echoed concerns on February 11, emphasizing the dire consequences for Palestinian refugees in Jordan if UNRWA's funding remains in limbo.

This situation occurs amidst repeated calls from Israel to dismantle UNRWA and freeze funding while Gaza faces unprecedented humanitarian needs. The suspension of contributions totaling $450 million from 16 donor countries stems from Israel's unproven allegations against UNRWA employees being involved in Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on October 7, 2023.

UNRWA, currently unable to prioritize cuts to programs or services, is tirelessly focused on securing funding and lobbying donor countries to reinstate their support. With services essential to approximately 6 million Palestinian refugees at stake, urgent action is imperative.

Since its establishment in 1949, UNRWA has been a lifeline, providing critical education, healthcare, and humanitarian aid to Palestinians across Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. In Gaza alone, it offers shelter for nearly a million people displaced due to Israeli bombardment.

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