Japan contributes additional $2 million to UNRWA

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A young refugee sits with his family's food distribution in Dura, West Bank

The Government of Japan has contributed an additional $2 million to support the emergency work of the United Nations Relief Agency for Palestinians (UNRWA) in Gaza.

UNRWA says the donation will be used to provide non-food items to Palestinian refugees affected by the recent violence in the territory.

The items include emergency bedding materials as well as hygiene kits for adults and babies.

According to the agency, civilians in the coastal enclave have been hit hard by the recent Israeli military offensive called "Operation Pillar of Defense" that lasted for eight days.

It says that at the height of the escalation, approximately 12,000 people fled their homes and sought refuge in emergency shelters set up in 14 UNRWA and two government schools.

UNRWA says that this year alone it has received over $22.5 million from Japan, making the country the agency's ninth-largest donor.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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