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India contributes $5 million to UNRWA for Palestine Refugees

India's representative to Palestine Sunil Kumar hands over $5 m to UNRWA. (Image courtesy: @ROIRamallah) Photograph:( Twitter )

WION New Delhi, India Aug 10, 2019, 06.36 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

India has asked United Nations member states to contribute more to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees as it handed over its annual contribution of $5 million to UN body which is facing financial vows in the backdrop of aid cut by the US.

Indian mission in Palestine in a statement said, "India made a strong appeal to other traditional donors of UNRWA to consider enhancing their contributions as well as to non-donor member states to consider contributing to UNRWA in solidarity with the Palestine refugees."

India's representative to Palestine Sunil Kumar handed over the cheque for $5 million at the UNRWA headquarters in Jerusalem. The contribution comes at that time when the agency faces a difficult financial situation.

US President Donald Trump last year announced that America will end support to the body. 

The state department in a statement back then said, "The United States will no longer commit further funding to this irredeemably flawed operation."

UNRWA has been providing relief to 5.4 million Palestinians refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, and the Gaza Strip since 1950.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Palestine in February 2018, India had announced that it will increase its contribution to the body from $1.25 million to $5 million.

India has been providing assistance programmes in Palestine to strengthen capacity-building efforts. Under India-Palestine development partnership, New Delhi is currently funding eight on-going developmental projects worth of $ 59 million dollars including building a 215 Bed Super Specialty Hospital in Bethlehem.

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Indian mission in Palestine in a statement said, 'India made a strong appeal to other traditional donors of UNRWA to consider enhancing their contributions as well as to non-donor member states to consider contributing to UNRWA in solidarity with the Palestine refugees.'