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The UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees says it requires US$ 417.4 million to respond adequately to Palestinian refugees.
A breakdown of the amount shows that US$ 310 million will support humanitarian needs of Palestine refugees inside Syria, US$ 90.4 million in Lebanon and US$ 14.6 million in Jordan.
UNRWA says US$ 2.4 million is required for emergency response outside of the purview of the three field offices, including cash assistance for Palestinian families from Syria in Gaza, regional coordination, support and advocacy.
The war in Syria is devastating the lives of over half a million Palestine refugees who have been living in exile for six decades. The UNRWA Syria Regional Crisis Response Plan for 2014, published Tuesday, sets out the Agency's interventions to strengthen the resilience of Palestine refugees, and to help them weather the dangers of the conflict.
UNRWA says the outlook for Palestine refugees from Syria is increasingly bleak, as communities, livelihoods, assets and support networks painstakingly built over decades are being destroyed. Proportionally, displacement among Palestinians is much higher than that of Syrians, and the threats to safe refuge in Syria combined with severely restricted options for flight has confronted Palestine refugees with unprecedented challenges.
UNRWA Commissioner General Filipo Grandi says "Humanitarian assistance can only go so far." He noted that as the conflict enters its third year, he's renewing his previous appeals to all parties to act in accordance with international law, particularly as regards the protection of Syrian and Palestinian civilians.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.