Geneva, Sept 4 (AP) The top official with the UN’s Palestinian aid agency says countries including Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and India have stepped up in recent months with a “very high amount” of USD 238 million in extra funding amid US cuts. Also Read - Will The Current Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict Escalate Into a Dirty Dispute?

UNRWA Commissioner Pierre Kraehenbuehl reiterated his disappointment with the Trump administration’s announcement last week that it’s cutting all funding for the agency, after partial cuts announced earlier this year. Also Read - Aamir Khan Receives Criticism After His Pictures From Meeting Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan Go Viral, Know Here Why

Despite the new contributions, Krahenbuehl told reporters by phone Tuesday that the funding situation remains “critical”, and over USD 200 million is needed this year to “sustain our operations”. Also Read - Aamir Khan Meets Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan During His Stay in Turkey For Laal Singh Chaddha Shoot

The new commitments, including from Turkey and some other European countries, came after the US announced plans in January to contribute USD 60 million this year, down from USD 360 million a year ago. (AP) SCY SCY

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