UN agency for Palestinian refugees faces budget crisis

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The UN agency helping Palestinian refugees is facing an “existential” budget crisis and appealing for urgent funding of $120 million to keep essential education, healthcare and other services running, the agency’s chief said on Friday. “We keep struggling, running after cash,” said the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini, to a small group of reporters. “The financial situation is a real existential threat on the organisation, and we should not underestimate this because it might force the organisation to decrease…

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