State of Palestine: Thousands demonstrate against UN refugee agency cuts

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Published on 19 Sep 2018, 19:53
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Thousands demonstrated against funding cuts to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) outside the organisation's headquarters in Gaza City on Wednesday.

Protest organisers, the UNRWA staff union, opposes cuts in salaries and services provided by the agency, including the decision to end contracts for one thousand staff members.

UNRWA faces a funding crisis after US President Donald Trump withdrew all support for the organisation, which provides critical aid to five million Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and elsewhere.

The United States was by far the largest contributor to the agency to date and contributed roughly a third of its total budget in 2017.

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