Gaza City, Jan 22 (AP) The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has launched what it is calling an “unprecedented” fund-raising appeal seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in response to funding cuts by the Trump administration. Also Read - US Announces Reward of up to USD 5 Million For Information About 26/11 Mastermind

UNRWA’s commissioner-general, Pierre Krahenbuhl, on Monday called last week’s US decision “abrupt and harmful.” His agency provides education, health and welfare services for more than 5 million refugees and their descendants across the Middle East. Some two-thirds of Gaza’s 2 million people rely on UNRWA for assistance. Also Read - Trump Skips G20 Summit on Pandemic Preparedness, Later Spotted at His Golf Course: Report

The “Dignity is Priceless” campaign aims to raise USD 500 million to ensure that the agency’s core services are unaffected. Also Read - Won’t Let Rigged Election Steal Our Country: Trump Takes U-turn After Acknowledging Biden’s Victory

The US, which is the largest donor to UNRWA, withheld a USD 65 million payment.

President Donald Trump has blamed the Palestinians for a deadlock in peace efforts and threatened to cut US assistance.

(AP)

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