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European Commission to continue its aid to UNRWA and increase emergency support for Palestine

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The European Fee (EC) announced Friday that it has elevated assist for Palestinians by allocating an additional EUR 68 million by means of worldwide companions, including to the EUR 82 million already designated for the UN Reduction and Works Company (UNRWA) in 2024, totaling EUR 150 million. Moreover, EUR 125 million of humanitarian support for Palestinians in 2024 has been allotted, with EUR 16 million contracted on Friday.

The EC, in a press launch, clarified that it reviewed its funding resolution for UNRWA in mild of serious allegations implicating UNRWA workers within the October 7 assaults. Moreover, the EC thought of actions the UN took and required commitments from UNRWA. The press launch additionally welcomes the UN’s investigation and an impartial overview group to make sure neutrality and handle breaches. It additional knowledgeable that the UNRWA has agreed to overview its workers, launch an EU-appointed audit, and strengthen its inner investigation division. Subsequently, with mutual understanding confirmed, the EC has determined to proceed with the help.

President of the EC Ursula von der Leyen added:

We stand by the Palestinian individuals in Gaza and elsewhere within the area. Harmless Palestinians mustn’t must pay the worth for the crimes of terrorist group Hamas. They face horrible circumstances, placing their lives in danger due to a scarcity of entry to ample meals and different fundamental wants. That’s the reason we’re reinforcing our assist to them this yr by an extra EUR 68 million.

This resolution follows a Wednesday announcement, which said {that a} maintain was placed on further funding to UNRWA till the tip of February because of allegations relating to workers involvement within the October 7 assaults. Moreover, it said future funding selections would depend upon the result of a UN investigation, with expectations for UNRWA to conform to an audit by EU-appointed specialists and strengthen inner investigation processes. A overview of workers involvement within the assaults was additionally anticipated.

A number of nations, together with the US and Canada, have suspended their funding for the UNRWA after studies emerged that 12 UNRWA workers members have been a part of the October 7 Hamas offensive on Israel and that much more members had hyperlinks in a method or one other to the group which has been designated as a terrorist outfit by a number of nations, together with the US and Canada, and the EU.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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