21 INGO’s condemn UNRWA funding suspension

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GAZA – On Tuesday, 21 international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) including Oxfam, Medecins San Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF/DWB), Save the Children, and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), condemned the decision of 12 countries to suspend their UNRWA funding at a time when Gaza is experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

“We feel deep concern and anger at the idea that some of the main donors agreed to suspend their funding” to UNRWA while “the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza is worsening day by day,” the organizations stated.

US, Canada, the UK, and Japan are among the 12 countries that announced the suspension of their funding to UNRWA after Israel accused some of UNRWA’s employees of being involved with Hamas in Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on October 7, 2023. As a result, UNRWA decided to terminate the contracts of 12 of its employees following the accusations.

The accusations stemming from Israel hope to suspend all UNRWA activities, aiming to ensure that the agency “is not part of the stage” following the Israeli war on Gaza.

The organizations stated that UNRWA is the “main provider of aid” in Gaza and that the suspension of funding “will affect basic aid to more than two million civilians, more than half of whom are children, and all of whom depend on our assistance.”.

The organizations noted that “one million displaced Palestinians have taken refuge in 154 UNRWA shelters or in their vicinity.” The UN agency continued to work “in almost impossible conditions” to provide food, drinking water, and vaccines to the people of Gaza. The NGOs added that they find it irresponsible “to cut off food supplies to an entire population at a time when these countries themselves were calling for increased aid to Gaza.”

152 UNRWA employees have been killed since the beginning of the war, the organizations reminded, while 141 UNRWA facilities were damaged due to shelling.

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