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Belgium donates €11 million to support Palestinian refugees
Published Tuesday 22/01/2013 (updated) 23/01/2013 16:30
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Belgium has donated €11 million to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA said Tuesday.

The aid supports the agency's General Fund, including its social safety net program, as well as its emergency appeal in the West Bank and Gaza.

The UN agency relies almost entirely on voluntary contributions and has operated at a deficit for several years.

"Without the kind of continued support that Belgium and other European countries provide, it is difficult to say where we would be today," said UNRWA offical Salvatore Lombardo.

"They have provided a tremendous amount of support for our Agency asking in return only that we ensure the best possible quality of service to Palestine refugees in all our fields of operation. For that, we are most grateful," said Lombardo.

Belgian consul-general Geert Cockx said Belgium supported UNRWA "because it is a reliable agency that works on the ground, providing daily support to more than five million Palestine refugees."

Cockx added: "Belgians recognize the growing needs of these people -- especially in Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory -- and the importance of supporting them as much as possible."
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1 ) Arnon / Belgium
22/01/2013 22:47
And an oil rich nation like Malaysia only donated a measly 800,000$

2 ) Pro Pal / Belgi
23/01/2013 10:10
We give Euro 11 m. and Saudi gives only 20 m USD. Shame on Saudi.

3 ) Jewel47 / Netherlands
23/01/2013 18:05
To mr/mrs 2) Pro Pal/Belg..... The Saudi donate that 20m. EACH MONTH. Means 240m. a year... And the Belgium 11m. a year.... Quiet a big difference.. and No shame on Saudi. But it could be the late miserable moment.... The Palestinian State is almost downed!

4 ) Gaul / USA
24/01/2013 05:50
Belgium gives money to Palestine? Do they give any to the Congo, a country they raped and enslaved and impoverished and stole from?
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