U.N. agency pleads for support as U.S. withholds half of Palestinian aid

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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency on Wednesday made an urgent appeal for support for Palestinian refugees and their descendants. The message came a day after the State Department announced that the Trump administration was holding back half of its annual $125 million aid package. “After decades of generous support, dramatic reduction of US funding to @UNRWA results in most critical financial situation in history of Agency,” the agency’s commissioner general, Pierre Krähenbühl, tweeted. “I call on member states of the United Nations to take a stand & demonstrate to Palestine Refugees that their rights & future matter.” The U.S. move came after President Trump this month tweeted that it made no sense for the U.S. to send so much aid if Palestinians were “no longer to talk peace.”

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