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Palestinians brand US aid cut to UN group 'a flagrant assault'

September 1, 2018 4:16 pm

Palestinian officials have condemned the US decision to end all funding to the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency.

The US has been the largest donor to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) – but now says the organisation is “irredeemably flawed”.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman has called the move a “flagrant assault against the Palestinian people”.

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However, an Israeli official told AFP: “Israel supports the US move”.

Unrwa says it currently supports more than five million Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, including providing health care, education and social services.

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