UN agency for Palestinian refugees gets $55m from US

Palestinian children playing

The United States has announced an initial contribution of $55 million to the United Nations Relief Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) for this year.

The funds will help provide critical services in the areas of health, education and humanitarian assistance to five million Palestinians in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza.

The United States, which is UNRWA's largest bilateral donor, says it recognizes the critical role the agency plays in assisting Palestinian refugees and maintaining regional stability.

In 2011, it provided just under $250 million to UNRWA.

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