GAZA CITY, Palestine
The United Nations Aid and Works Company for Palestine Refugees within the Close to East (UNRWA) mentioned on Thursday it’s on the “cliff’s edge” resulting from lack of funding.
Talking at a information convention, UNRWA Commissioner-Normal Philippe Lazzarini mentioned that the company is going through an awesome monetary disaster.
“UNRWA acquired this yr the bottom degree of contributions since 2012, at a time when the wants of refugees are compounded by the results of the pandemic on their meager sources,” Lazzarini mentioned.
“With the Company’s money move at their lowest ranges since 2012, and with wants of refugees critically excessive due to the influence of COVID-19, the danger for GBV [gender-based violence] survivors turn into acute if assist to them is threatened,” he mentioned.
“As of right this moment, I don’t but have adequate funds to pay November salaries to the UNRWA workers who’re on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Lazzarini mentioned.
He reiterated the UN company’s assurance of continuous to offer providers to “Palestinian refugees till a political answer to their trigger is discovered.”
“I urge the worldwide group to step up its assist to UNRWA instantly,” he mentioned.
UNRWA offers its providers to about 5.three million Palestinian refugees and is affected by a stifling monetary disaster since the USA in January froze all its assist for the company claiming that it’s not glad with the way in which the company works which is being criticized by Israel.
*Bassel Barakat in Ankara contributed to this report