UNWRA gets funds to respond to Palestinian refugees displaced by Syrian crisis

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Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in the Syrian capital Damascus. Photo: IRIN/Gabriela Keller

The UN agency charged with assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has received a new contribution of USD 8.4 million for its' programmes assisting refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

The funds, from the United States, will help UNRWA respond to the critical needs of Palestine refugees affected or displaced by the Syrian conflict. This donation brings the total United States contribution to UNRWA's Syria Response to USD 32.4 million, making the United States the largest bilateral contributor to UNRWA's appeal for the Syria crisis.

Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard said that "the violence in Syria has impacted Palestinians and Syrians alike", adding that the United States "remains committed to working through UNRWA to help Palestinian refugees get the shelter, food and medicine they need".

UNRWA's Commissioner-General, Filippo Grandi, noted that with the crisis affecting three of the five areas where the agency works, "this contribution comes at a critical time and will have a direct impact on some of the most disadvantaged victims of the conflict in Syria".

UNRWA is providing food, cash, emergency housing grants, education, health and relief and social services to some 420,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria, and to approximately 45,000 who have fled to Lebanon and Jordan.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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