The $235 million in funding is in addition to $15 million earlier announced by Washington in Covid-19 assistance to the Palestinians.
UNRWA spokesperson told TRT World that although Abu Dhabi will be rallying behind Tel Aviv's long-standing demand of scrapping the UNRWA, "the UN agency will continue to work as long as other states support them."
UN's relief agency for Palestine refugees says it's confident US President-elect Joe Biden will restore "humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people" cut by Trump administration.
Tel Aviv is trying to punish Palestine's celebrity singer Mohammed Assaf for singing patriotic songs and the UAE is part of that effort.
The Palestinian Authority suffered a 50 percent loss in foreign aid compared to 2019 and 70 percent shortfall in revenues in 2020.
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.
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