Palestine refugees

UN agency for Palestine refugees runs out of money as COVID-19 spreads

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNWRA) has run out of cash on hand to keep vital services going amid the worsening health emergency, UNRWA spokesperson Tamara Alrifai told a regular UN press briefing in Geneva on Tuesday.

UN agency for Palestinian refugees launches $95 million appeal to keep COVID at bay 

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a health and socio-economic emergency across the occupied Palestinian territory, the UN agency for the region warned on Friday, noting a swell of coronavirus cases in recent weeks. 

News in Brief 4 September 2020

  • More support needed to aid Beirut children's return to class
  • Violence could spark new DR Congo mass displacement
  • UNRWA appeal to help Palestine refugees keep COVID at bay
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Palestine refugee agency chief resigns amidst mismanagement probe

The Commissioner-General for the UN relief and works agency serving Palestine refugees, UNRWA, resigned on Wednesday, hours after the UN announced preliminary findings of an investigation into misconduct allegations.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: ‘Appalling’ conditions in Syria camp, precarious SDG progress, South Sudan, Palestine refugees and mining in Mongolia

A recap of Wednesday’s top stories: ‘Inhumane conditions’ in Syria’s Al Hol camp worsening; SDG progress risks going backward; food insecurity in South Sudan; Arab League petitioned to support Palestine refugees; and mining in Mongolia should boost development.

Education and basic services for West Bank at risk warns UN refugee relief agency 

Unless more emergency funding is received by the end of this month, the UN relief agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), said on Tuesday that 46,000 children will be unable to start the new school year, along with major cuts to health and other basic services. That’s the warning coming from Gwyn Lewis, Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank, who was at UN Headquarters with her counterpart in Gaza, to outline the continuing funding crisis stemming from the United States decision to withdraw support last year. 

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News in Brief 29 January 2019

  • Nearly $4 billion needed to protect 41 million children from conflict and disaster
  • 700 people detained in one day of Venezuela demonstrations, dozens children
  • Palestine refugees more vulnerable now than in year 2000, warns UN agency chief
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UN urges countries to step up assistance for Palestine refugees

The United Nations said it regrets the decision of the United States to stop funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and called on other countries to help fill the remaining financial gap.

UN Agency warns Palestinian refugee schools face October closure

UNRWA, the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees, says it will be able to open the schools it operates for the coming academic term.  However, with the Agency still struggling to cope with the US decision to cut funding by $300 million, the prospect beyond September are still very uncertain.  UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness spoke with UN News.

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News in Brief 13 June 2018

  • Deep concern continues for up to 2.5 million civilians in Syria’s Idlib
  • Terrorism diverting resources away from development in Central Africa, warns UN envoy
  • Infant mortality among Palestine refugees is not decreasing, says new UN study
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