US Restores Assistance for Palestinian People

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 08 April 2021 13:11 WIB
    US Restores Assistance for Palestinian People
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    Washington: The United States (US) government has announced its plan to restart US economic, development, and humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people. 

    This includes $75 million in economic and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza, $10 million for peacebuilding programs through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and $150 million in humanitarian assistance for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). 

    "We are also resuming vital security assistance programs," said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a press statement on Wednesday. 

    According to Blinken, all assistance will be provided consistent with US law. Economic assistance includes support for small and medium enterprises’ recovery from the effects of covid-19; support for needy households to access basic human needs, such as food and clean water; and assistance for Palestinian civil society. A

    A portion of this funding will support the East Jerusalem Hospital Network, as it continues to provide necessary and life-saving treatments to Palestinians. 

    This funding is in addition to the $15 million in humanitarian assistance to address the covid-19 pandemic and food insecurity the United States announced in March..

    "The United States is resuming support for UNRWA’s services, including education for over 500,000 Palestinian boys and girls, thereby providing hope and stability in UNRWA’s five fields of operation in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and the West Bank and Gaza Strip," he stated.

    "Funding to UNRWA also provides critical covid-19 assistance, including healthcare, medicine, and medical supplies, as well as cash and food assistance to families severely impacted by covid-19," he added.


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