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Palestinians reject US-UNRWA framework agreement

Ruby Shabit
Press TV, Gaza

Political factions in the Gaza Strip along with the joint committee for refugees gathered in front of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) office to reject the framework agreement signed between the United States and the agency regarding the restoration of US funding for the UN agency.

The demonstration comes in conjunction with the International Conference for UNRWA, where several donor countries are scheduled to convene in Brussels under the chairmanship of Jordan and Sweden to discuss resuming the financial support to the UN agency and the Palestinian Authority.

The framework for cooperation between the UNRWA and the US for 2021-2022 calls for restoring US funding to the agency after it was cut off for several years under former US President Donald Trump. It includes that the US will not make any contributions to UNRWA except on the condition that UNRWA ensures that no part of the US contribution is used to assist any refugee receiving military training as a member of the Palestinian Liberation organizations.

The Joint Refugees Committee called on donors' countries to fulfill their financial commitments and pledges to support the UNRWA budget and to ensure the sustainability of this support. Palestinians demand cancelling this framework that rids the refugee issue from its political dimension, which is based on the right of return.

UNRWA provides basic services, especially in education and health for more than 5.5 million Palestinian refugees. Palestinians say that the agency must remain committed to its duties until their right of return is guaranteed.

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