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Spain to send extra €20m to Palestinian aid organisation UNRWA – Minister

Spain is to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) with another 20 million euros (21.9 million dollars).

The Spanish Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, made the pledge after a meeting with UNRWA head Philippe Lazzarini in Madrid.

The Spanish government’s decision to resume funding for UNRWA was influenced by the dramatic humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.

Albares promised Lazzarini the support of the Spanish government for “the important work” of the aid organisation.

The money would be used to provide food, education, and healthcare for thousands of Palestinian families, Albares added.

At the beginning of February, Spain announced a special payment to UNRWA totaling 3.5 million euros.

Over a dozen countries, including the largest donors, the U.S. and Germany, had recently suspended their payments to the Palestinian relief organisation.

It was suspended after Israel accused about a dozen of its employees of being involved in the Oct. 7, 2023, terrorist attacks led by the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

The investigations into the allegations have not yet been completed.

Meanwhile, Israel had not handed over the documentation requested by the investigating committee.

UNRWA has been looking after the needs of Palestinian refugees since 1949, including educational and health facilities.

In total, over 30,000 people work for the organisation, around 13,000 of them in the Gaza Strip.

UNRWA is currently considered the only alternative to provide humanitarian aid to more than two million civilians suffering from the consequences of Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip. (dpa/NAN) 

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