U.S. to stop aid to Palestinian refugee agency

September 01

The Trump administration in United States has decided to stop aid for lakhs of Palestinian refugees after slashing bilateral aid projects in West bank and Gaza.

The US State Department said in a written statement the United States “will no longer commit further funding to this irredeemably flawed operation”.

The decision cuts nearly $300m (£231m) of planned support.

It comes as Donald Trump and his Middle East advisers, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, prepare for the rollout of a much-vaunted plan for Israel and the Palestinians, and it could intensify Palestinian suspicions that Washington is using the humanitarian funding as leverage.

The US supplies nearly 30 per cent of the total budget of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and had been demanding reforms in the way it is run.