Palestine refugees situation is worsening— Lazzarini

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AMMAN— In a virtual briefing to the UN Security Council , the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Philippe Lazzarini, indicated that the Palestine refugees situation has deteriorated further, since his last briefing to the Council in May 2021, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

On Thursday, Lazzarini explained that more than 80 percent of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Syria and Gaza live below the poverty line, according to the United Nations News Center.

He said the recent escalation in Gaza was a "stark reminder" that war and violence could occur at any time, in the absence of a real and comprehensive effort to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Lazzarini noted that 60 Palestine refugee families had lost their homes, and 17 children had been killed, eight of whom were students in UNRWA schools.

 “Nearly half of UNRWA’s students are traumatized and need special assistance to deal with recurrent cycles of violence and economic hardships. Meanwhile, the economic and security conditions in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the political, are worsening as Palestine refugees suffer from High levels of dispossession, violence and insecurity,” he indicated. 

Lazzarini said that UNRWA has, for more than seventy years, been a source of opportunity and hope for a better future for generations of Palestine refugees, calling on member states that have reduced their funding to reconsider the impact of their decision on the stability of the region.

He indicated that, in a few weeks, the General Assembly will be presented with an extension of UNRWA's mandate for approval, calling on "all member states to mobilize, politically and financially, to support UNRWA and to continue working towards a political solution that benefits the region and its people."

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