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Published Saturday 28/12/2013 (updated) 29/12/2013 20:16
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The European Union has announced a 16 million euro ($21.9 million) contribution to the United Nations agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA said in a statement Friday.

The donation brought the EU's contribution to UNRWA to nearly $210 million, the statement said, adding that 41 percent of UNRWA's funding came from European countries in 2013.

"The latest generous contribution comes in response to the worsening situation in Syria and the increasing numbers of civilian deaths and casualties, including among Palestinians and humanitarian workers."

The war in Syria, UNRWA said, has rendered 440,000 Palestine refugees in "dire need" of humanitarian relief.

Twenty of the agency's employees in Syria are currently detained or missing, the statement said.

Praising the EU for its donation, UNRWA called on countries in the region to "follow the example of the European Union and help the Agency ensure that it is able to continue its work with Palestine refugees."

Also Friday, a Syrian monitoring group announced that five Palestinians had died of hunger in the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.

"Five people died, including an elderly man, a disabled man and a woman, as a result of malnutrition and the lack of the necessary treatment," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

At least 1,500 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Syria conflict.

Some 250,000 Palestinian refugees have been forced to leave their refugee camps in Syria due to violence in the country.

UNRWA is the UN agency originally set up in 1949 to ensure for relief and development for the Palestinian refugees expelled from what became the State of Israel in 1948.

Today, the agency provides health care, education, social services, and other forms of aid to nearly 5 million Palestinian refugees.
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1 ) Maureen / Canada
28/12/2013 14:07
Happy Days for the Mercedes Benz dealerships, $21.9 million buys a great deal in the way of fleets of new models. What a new year bonus this donation will provide other high end car dealerships.

2 ) UN / UNESCO
28/12/2013 17:22
It is long overdue to shut UNRWA down. No need to give any more money to those parasites - they should work and earn living. Those professional life- long refugees should go away.

3 ) Outlier / USA
28/12/2013 19:22
After 65 years, Palestinians need to create their own future and the UNRWA needs to close.

4 ) Mel / USA
28/12/2013 19:58
EU is making MORE money by supporting Israel's war-crimes,occupation &ONGOING collective punishment of Palestinians in Palestine,TOT's,Gaza or OUT in diaspora!Just END Israel's illegal occuaption,allowing MILLIONS of Palestinians HOME,to their ancestral lands,work,jobs,earnings &dignity.The day UNRWA is redundant,will be a HAPPY day for all civilians REFUGEED by brutal invaders/occupiers.End the occupation& persecution of Arab sovereignty! All else is 2-FACED chump-change,in comparison to RIGHTS

5 ) southparkbear / usa
29/12/2013 05:30
some magicians can get a coin from behind your ears. PA can poof $16mm in front of your eyes

6 ) Madoc / USA
29/12/2013 17:18
1500 Palestinian dead and nobody even knows about it , where is goldstone and the rest of the hypocrites, Palestinian hypocracy is beyond what I can digest, so like I say crocodile tears

7 ) hamid amiri / brighton UK
05/01/2014 13:02
You have deliberatly kept these "so called" refugees for doneys years in order to claim money & to portay yourselves as victims. No such thing occurred with millions of 1945 German refugees not to mention the nearly million Jews expelled from Arab lands since 48 (forced to leave homes, assetts & livelyhoods)
Now Jordan has sadly inherited 1M from Syria. On this basis the EU will be bankrupt in a generation
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