Swiss humanitarian relief expert Philippe Lazzarini replaces another Swiss national, Pierre Krahenbuhl, who was forced to resign in November 2019 amid accusations of mismanagement.
Swiss diplomat Pierre Krahenbuhl, who headed the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, is facing allegations of management misconduct.
“This step shows the US government is not only biased toward the Israeli occupation, but is fully aligned with the plans of the extremist Israeli right-wing,” says Palestinian Authority (PA) spokeperson Nabil Abu Rudaineh.
Addressing the UN Security Council, US adviser Jason Greenblatt said UNRWA was a "bandaid" and that it was time to hand over services assured by the UN agency to countries hosting the Palestinian refugees and NGOs.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency had earlier condemned the attack at the camp for Palestinian refugees in Syria's Aleppo.
As they commemorate the Nakba, or 'catastrophe', Palestinians see the UNRWA as a vital ingredient in the struggle for freedom, justice and equality.
More than 70 years later, Palestinians still gather to mark the day in which tens of thousands of people were forced from their homes during the war that led to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.
The Lebanese government and the UNRWA say the boy's time was up, while his family accuses both the authorities of ignoring the ailing child because of his identity.
Of those affected by the budget shortages, 27,000 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank will lose food service, and another 166,000 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will receive reduced services.
Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus, a once-busy district, is now a ghost town heaped with rubble and mangled steel rods. Here’s how Palestinian refugees are living through Syria’s war.
Does the resignation of the US ambassador to the United Nations mean there might be a change in America's hostile attitude towards the UN?
General strike paralyses operations of UN’s cash-strapped Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA. The agency faces a shortfall of more than $200 million after the US slashed funding earlier this year.
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