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UN agency for Palestinian refugees to lose US funds



A formal announcement regarding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Middle East, known as UNRWA, is expected in the coming weeks. It is expected that the government will criticize the way the organization works.

Foreign policy reported for the first time on the decision of the Trump government to end the financing of the UN agency. For a long time, the United States was UNRWA's largest single donor, founded by the UN General Assembly in 1949.

The government official told CNN that the decision had been taken at a meeting between Jared Kushner, son of US President Donald Trump. The United Nations Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were also in favor of this step.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment on the decision.

UNRWA provides education, health and social services to registered Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. The agency trains approximately 500,000 children in nearly 700 schools, and its physicians see more than 9 million patients each year in nearly 1

50 primary health clinics.

A senior administration official criticized the agency in a statement to CNN earlier this month, saying it "has perpetuated and exacerbated the refugee crisis and needs to be changed so that the Palestinian people can reach their full potential."

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