Kuwait announces additional funding for UNRWA

Kuwait contributes additional $42,100,000 to UN agency for “Palestinian refugees”.

Ben Ariel ,

UNRWA HQ in Gaza
UNRWA HQ in Gaza
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Kuwait announced on Wednesday a contribution of an additional $42,100,000 to UNRWA, the UN agency for “Palestinian refugees”, reported the Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an news agency.

UNRWA has complained of a financial crisis since the United States, the largest single contributor to the organization, announced in August that it would end its $350 million a year funding for the agency.

The US had also announced in January it would cut some of its funding to UNRWA, citing a need to undertake a fundamental re-examination of the organization, both in the way it operates and the way it is funded.

The organization has since received pledges of $100 million in additional funding from Qatar, Canada, Switzerland, Turkey, New Zealand, Norway, Korea, Mexico, Slovakia, India and France as a means of making up for the aid that was cut by Washington.

Created in 1949, UNRWA supplies aid to more than three million of the five million registered Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and territories assigned to the Palestinian Authority.

However, it is also notorious for its anti-Israel activities. During the 2014 counterterrorism Operation Protective Edge, Hamas rockets were discovered inside a school building run by UNRWA.

Likewise, a booby-trapped UNRWA clinic was detonated, killing three IDF soldiers. Aside from the massive amounts of explosives hidden in the walls of the clinic, it was revealed that it stood on top of dozens of terror tunnels, showing how UNRWA is closely embedded with Hamas.

In a more recent incident, the director of UNRWA operations in Gaza expressed his support for the anti-Israel marches along the Israel-Gaza border and pledged that the organization’s medical centers will provide care for “Palestinian refugees” who might sustain injuries during them.