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UN coordinator states Palestine agency facing cash flow crisis

UN coordinator states Palestine agency facing cash flow crisis

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Deputy special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Lynn Hastings, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is experiencing a financial flow issue.

Hastings expressed on Wednesday alarm about UNRWA's financial predicament in her briefing to the UN Security Council, stating that the estimated shortfall under its Programme Budget amounted to $100 million.

"The agency is also facing an impending financial flow crisis, which could disrupt the start of the school year for half a million Gazan girls and boys," Hastings said.

She emphasized that UNRWA's ability to execute critical humanitarian and early recovery initiatives in Gaza is further harmed by the lack of a fully allocated Programme Budget.

"I once again call to all donors, including those from the Arab area, to maintain previous funding levels and disburse funds as soon as possible to avoid an interruption of important services and humanitarian relief," Hastings said.

Israel's 11-day assault of Gaza in May caused havoc on the economy and exacerbated the humanitarian crisis there.

Israeli airstrikes killed at least 260 Palestinians and injured hundreds more. Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza killed thirteen Israelis.

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