Sep 29, 2018, 6:00 PM
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EU allocates €40m aids to UNRWA

Tehran, Sept 29, IRNA – The European Union announced on Friday that after the US cutting aids to UNRWA, the European Union allocated €40m aid to the agency.

'We will add €40 million to our financing to @UNRWA on top of the funding we are already providing [..] We will continue to invest in that because we think this is a key, not only humanitarian duty, but also investment in the two state solution,' the European External Action Service (EEAS) quoted Mogherini as saying in UNRWA ministerial meeting and Ad Hoc Liaison Committee meeting.

The EU member-states are already providing half of the budget of UNRWA, she added.

This is while, the United States Department of State blocking 65 million dollars of the $125m humanitarian aid to the Palestinian refugees announced that giving more aid depends on fundamental modifications by UN agency in Palestine, UNRWA.

Meanwhile Hannan Ashrawi senior member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in a separate statement slammed the US act saying 'the US administration is demonstrating the use of cheap blackmail as a political tool. The Palestinian people and leadership will not be intimidated and will not succumb to coercion. The rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale.'

'There is no glory in constantly bullying and punishing people under occupation. The US administration has already demonstrated meanness of spirit in its collusion with the Israeli occupation and its theft of land and resources….now it is exercising economic meanness by punishing the Palestinian victims of this occupation,' she added.

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