US Congress approves military aid to Israel, halts UNRWA funding

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WASHINGTON — The US Congress approved a temporary budget yesterday, agreeing to provide new military aid to Israel and suspending funding for UNRWA until March 2025.اضافة اعلان

The temporary budget, expected to be signed by President Joe Biden later today, doesn't allocate any funds to UNRWA for a full year, despite fears of a famine in Gaza, Khaberni reported.

It maintains the increase in military aid to Israel, preventing a government shutdown, supported by both Democrats and Republicans.

The temporary budget allocates $3.8 billion in military aid to Israel from the $886 billion US Department of Defense budget.

Another $95 billion package includes $60 billion for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel.

On Saturday, the Senate approved a $1.2 trillion funding package after last-minute consensus, averting a potential government shutdown.

The package funds the government until September, ending months-long spending battles
The Senate approved the legislation with a majority of 74 votes to 24, sending it to the president for signing into law.

Despite controversy over its use in Israel's war on Gaza, aid was approved, with Israel directly targeting civilians in the sector, committing numerous massacres even after facing genocide charges at the International Court of Justice.

Residents of Gaza face an increasing famine risk due to the Israeli blockade on food and medicine, particularly in the north, leading to deaths among civilians, including children, patients, and the injured.

UNRWA is a lifeline for Gaza's residents, providing aid, but Israeli accusations against some of its international staff for involvement in attacks on October 7, 2023, led the US and several Western countries to cut funding to the agency, despite Israeli claims not being substantiated.

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