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PLO, UNRWA Pledge To Continue To Aid Refugees

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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi met with UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl on Thursday to discuss the ongoing crisis for refugees in Gaza and Yarmouk.

Meeting in the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah, Ashrawi praised UNRWA for its continued efforts in assisting Palestinian refugees living in Gaza and the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus, where the situation is deteriorating, a statement said.
The officials also discussed challenges facing UNRWA in providing humanitarian assistance, relief and protection to Palestinians, specifically the siege on Gaza and the need for international donors to deliver long promised aid.Ashrawi and Krahenbuhl pledged during the meeting to continue working together towards easing conditions for Palestinian refugees.While Gaza received an outpouring of support from the international community following last summer’s war, donors have given less than 27 percent of the total amount pledged, according to the World Bank.The Palestinian government has long relied on UNRWA to support the more than 760,000 Palestinians — estimated today to number nearly 5 million with their descendants — pushed into exile or driven out of their homes following the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.Both Palestinian authorities and refugees living within the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip retain dependence on UNRWA to provide basic needs to refugees; receiving services from the Palestinian government would indicate submission to the on-the-ground reality the state of Israel has created, forcing refugees to give up on ever returning to their homes.
A total of 56 Palestinian refugee camps are run by UNRWA in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
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