UN refugee agency for Palestinians unable to pay salaries
Beirut, Nov 27 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) declared on Friday its insolvency to pay the salaries of 28,000 employees and continue its solidarity work.
For the first time in its history, UNRWA Commissioner-General Phillip Lazzarini announced that the agency has ran out of money until the end of the year, in statements quoted by Al Jazeera.
The agency benefits from the generous support of the UN member states and the European Union that were reduced due to the world economic situation and a cut in US contributions, which provided a third of the agency's needs, Lazzarini said.
In a report earlier this month, the agency said it needed to raise US$70 million, failing to have funds to pay the salaries of its employees.
According to Lazzarini, the agency received this year lowest level of contributions since 2012, at a time when pandemic is exacerbating the situation.
UNRWA emerged as an alternative to help 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their homes during the 1948 war that ended when the occupying state of Israel was established.
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