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22 Nov

KrĂ€henbĂŒhl Applauds International Contributions to UNRWA

Addressing the delegates at the Advisory Commission of host governments and leading donors of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl, applauded the resolve and creativity with which the agency and the international community addressed its […]

07 Sep

KrĂ€henbĂŒhl: UNRWA Will Overcome US Obstacles

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl said that his agency will overcome US obstacles after Trump’s decision to suspend aid to the Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.   KrĂ€henbĂŒhl stressed, in a press release to Palestinians, that UNRWA will continue to work with […]

16 Aug

KrĂ€henbĂŒhl: UNRWA School Year to Begin as Scheduled

At an extraordinary session of the UNRWA Advisory Commission, in Amman today, the Commissioner-General, Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl announced that the school-year for 526’000 Palestine refugee girls and boys will open on time in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. According to the PNN, KrĂ€henbĂŒhl emphasized that […]

25 Apr

KrĂ€henbĂŒhl: UN Schools May Not Open Next Year, Due to Financial Crisis

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees said that the emergency aid for a million Palestinian in the Gaza Strip might run out in June, if the agency could not collect $200 million, after the United States cut its funding.   UNRWA Commissioner Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl said […]

01 Feb

KrĂ€henbĂŒhl: UNRWA Cuts Are “Most Severe Crisis in Agency’s History”

Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl said, on Thursday, that the recent US aid cuts represent the most severe crisis in the agency’s history. KrĂ€henbĂŒhl’s comments came during his speech at the meeting of Arab Foreign ministers, in Cairo, to discuss […]

16 Oct

Ki-moon Denounces Israel Settlements; KrĂ€henbĂŒhl: Gaza Siege Must Be Lifted

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Monday, expressed strong dissent to Israeli settlement building and warned against ‘provocations’ at Jerusalem’s holy sites, calling for renewed peace talks in order to avoid further conflict with the Palestinians. UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl has pledged to not allow Gaza to return to its state […]

06 Sep

Krahenbuhl to Request Emergency Aid in Cairo

September 6, 2014 8:13 PM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, International, News Report 0

In a speech to be delivered tomorrow (Sunday), to Arab League Foreign Ministers in Cairo, UNRWA’s Commissioner General, Pierre Krahenbuhl, will ask for 47 million dollars for 4 weeks emergency work in Gaza.In his first major policy address since the ceasefire, Krahenbuhl will tell the ministers that “there is a […]

03 Sep

KrĂ€henbĂŒhl: Gaza Blockade Must Be Lifted

September 3, 2014 5:00 PM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, International, News Report 0

UNRWA Commissioner-General, Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl, says that the reconstruction process of Gaza may take over a decade, if the current blockade on the Gaza Strip is not lifted. According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, Kraehenbuel declared, during a two-day official visit to Switzerland, that the blockade on Gaza ‘must be […]

30 Dec

$50M Transferred to UNRWA from Saudi Arabia

During a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 28 November, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl signed an agreement with Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, Supervisor General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSC), in support of UNRWA’s core health, education and social services in 2018. This […]

18 Dec

UNRWA Signs Landmark Agreement with Qatar

On the sidelines of the Doha Forum, Khalifa Bin Jassim Al-Kuwari, Managing Director of the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), signed a landmark two-year agreement in support of the agency’s core services, including education, health-care, relief […]

30 Sep

Ministerial Meeting Raises US $122 Million for UNRWA

On 27 September, the Foreign Ministers of Jordan, Sweden, Turkey, Japan and Germany, as well as the High Representative and Vice-President of the European Union, hosted a Ministerial Meeting in New York, with the aim of mobilizing financial and political support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for […]

12 Jul

UNRWA Responds to COGAT Announcement

On the record quote from Chris Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson: “The recent announcement, by COGAT (Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories), that new measures will be taken to suspend exports from the Gaza Strip and restrict the import of goods to only humanitarian supplies approved by COGAT, can be expected […]

04 Jul

UN Official Visits Syria’s Largest Palestinian Refugee Camp

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl visited Yarmouk on Tuesday, 3 July 2018, became the first senior UN official in years to access the camp, which remains an enduring symbol of the Palestine Refugee diaspora, and of the extreme human costs of the devastating conflict in the country. KrĂ€henbĂŒhl said “The scale […]

02 Apr

Qatar Pledges Unprecedented Financial Support to UNRWA

With its unprecedented pledge of USD 50 million to UNRWA at a recent ministerial conference in Rome, Qatar will become one of UNRWA’s top donors and will have a major impact on the Agency’s ability to continue its vital services to the vulnerable Palestine refugee community during this period of […]

17 Jan

Official Statement: 2018 US Funding to UNRWA Dramatically Below Past Levels

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl, on Wednesday, stated that the organization is facing a formidable challenge in upholding its mandate – an expression of the will of the international community – and preserving key services like education and health care for Palestine Refugees. KrĂ€henbĂŒhl said that the US government has announced a contribution […]

14 Jan

UNRWA Considers Reducing Services Provided to Palestinians

The United Nations agency for relief and work with Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) called, in an urgent meeting held in Amman, to announce the state of reduction to all expenses and services provided for Palestinian refugees, waiting for a firm decision of the U.S administration regarding their intention to halt funds […]

10 Dec

Protests Continue in Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers violently suppressed protests in the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem for the third day in a row, on Saturday, firing tear gas and sponge-tipped bullets at locals. Dozens of people were treated for severe tear-gas inhalation while others were injured with sponge bullets, according to Ma’an […]

20 Jun

UNRWA: Devastating Psychological Effects for 2014 War Victims

In a statement issued over the weekend, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre KrahenbĂŒhl marked 50 years of occupation of the Palestinian territory – the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza – and called on the international community to take action. The statement said that the 2014 conflict had a devastating psychosocial […]

19 May

An Untold Economic Success Story in Syria

Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl  (nsnbc) : Hidden almost literally under the rubble of the civil war in Syria is an economic success story that is rarely told. Hanan Odah is a thirty-year-old Palestine refugee living in Jaramana refugee camp in Damascus. She supports her multiply displaced family of three from a thriving […]

02 Sep

Italy Contributes €6.6 million to UNRWA

Italy has contributed 6.6 million euros ($7.35 million) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the agency’s core programs and services, an UNRWA press release said on Thursday. According to WAFA correspondence, this year’s amount represents a 61 […]

24 Aug

Arab League Condemns Recent Bombing of Gaza

The Arab League, on Tuesday, condemned the recent Israeli army’s shelling of several different locations in the Gaza Strip, and the damage incurred on Palestinian property. Deputy Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Ben Helli called on the international community to immediately intervene and put an end to what he […]

23 Jan

A Decade of Siege on Gaza

With a decade of Israeli-imposed economic siege on Gaza and three devastating wars which accompanied it, the Strip now suffers from an acute housing deficit, with a need of more than 70,000 housing units.Israeli occupation authorities have imposed a complete blockade on the Gaza Strip since the sweeping victory of […]

21 Jan

Report: Refugees Again — Palestinians in Syria Have it Twice as Hard to Get Asylum

Palestinian refugees from Syria are amongst the most vulnerable refugees who seek safety in Europe. But, the legal framework that is being applied to their plight is a discriminatory one.The majority of Palestinians in Syria were forced to resettle there, after fleeing or being forcibly expelled from their homes during […]

24 Aug

UNRWA Workers Strike as School Year Officially Begins in Gaza

Around 225,000 Gazan schoolchildren were forced to return home, on Monday, after local staff at the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in Gaza (UNRWA) went on strike on the first day of the new school year.The strike comes amid a financial crisis in the agency that earlier threatened to delay […]

20 Aug

UNRWA to Begin School Year on Time

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said, Wednesday, that the school year for half a million Palestinian refugees would start on time, after an eleventh hour scramble to cover a $101 million deficit.UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl said in a statement: ‘I am pleased to declare the 2015/16 UNRWA school year […]

15 Aug

This Week in Palestine Week 33 2015

August 15, 2015 1:47 AM IMEMC & Agencies Audio report, Palestine 0

Audio Link After Text Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for August 8th, to the 14th, 2015. UNRWA’s financial crises hampers Palestinian children school year, meanwhile Israeli attacks leave two killed civilians this week. These stories, and more, coming up, […]

12 Aug

$35 million to UNRWA from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will provide $35 million to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in a bid to avert a financial crisis within the organization, a statement said.According to Ma’an, Yousef al-Bassam, Managing Director of the Saudi Fund for Development, said the donation aims to mitigate a […]

12 Aug

West Bank Refugees Block Roads in Protest of UNRWA Crisis

Palestinians in a number of refugee camps across the occupied West Bank, on Tuesday, reportedly closed main roads near the camps to protest a possible decision by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees to delay the school year.Ahmad Abu Kheiran, the head of a popular committee in the southern West […]

05 Aug

UNRWA to Possibly Suspend Education Program Due to Financial Burdens

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, has warned in a report addressed to the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, that “unless funding for the full amount of the Agency’s General Fund shortfall of $101 million is secured by the middle of August, the financial crisis may force the […]

17 Jul

UNRWA Affirms Full Cooperation with PLO

Spokesperson for the UN agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Sami Mushasha, Thursday affirmed in a press release that UNRWA and PLO’s Department of Refugee Affairs continue to work hand in hand with officials in Palestine to provide the best service to the Palestinian refugees.Mushasha said in a press release which […]

25 Jun

UNRWA Launches Campaign to Fund Gaza Children Education

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) launched a global Ramadan campaign to raise funds to support the education of thousands of Palestinian refugee children in UNRWA schools in the besieged Gaza Strip.The campaign, under the title, #SOS4Gaza ‘Message in a Bottle’ […]

16 Jun

UNRWA Facing Worst Financial Crisis in 65 Years

According to an official source, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is facing a financial crisis due to a widening gap between the needs of the agency and support from donor nations, reported US News.Jordanian Minister of State of Media Affairs Mohammad Momani said, at a UNRWA committee […]

10 Apr

Palestinians Back Joint Yarmouk Operation in Syria

A group of 14 Palestinian factions said, on Thursday, that they backed a joint military operation with the Syrian government to expel Islamic State group militants from the Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus.After a meeting of the factions in the Syrian capital, PLO official Ahmed Majdalani said that the […]

23 Mar

First New UNRWA School Inaugurated in Gaza Since Israeli Assault

The United Nations Palestine refugee agency UNRWA, on Sunday, inaugurated the first school associated with the organization to be built in the Gaza Strip since Israel’s summer assault laid waste to hundreds of educational institutions.The Khuzaa Preparatory School was inaugurated Sunday, according to Ma’an, and is the first of several […]

30 Oct

Nobel Laureate Donates $50k for UNRWA School Reconstruction

October 30, 2014 1:01 AM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

UNRWA Official Press Release Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, has announced that she is donating 50,000 US dollars to rebuild an UNRWA school damaged during the recent fighting in Gaza. Ms. Yousafzai made the announcement from Stockholm, where she has gone to accept the prestigious World’s Children’s Prize. The […]

19 Oct

A Week After Cairo Conference, UNRWA Steps Up Recovery and Reconstruction Efforts in Gaza

October 19, 2014 8:53 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

A week after the Cairo conference and the recent visits to Gaza by the Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, UNRWA is scaling up its response to meet critical needs of people in the Strip. October 19, 2014 Official UNRWA Press Release We are focusing […]

24 Sep

UNRWA Urges Donor Community to Stand Against Forced Transfer of Palestinian Bedouins

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has urged the donor community to step up its opposition to the planned transfer of thousands of Bedouins, from the central areas of the West Bank, to the newly created town of Nweima, near Jericho. “If such a plan were implemented this […]

08 Sep

UNRWA: Israel Must Accept Accountability

September 8, 2014 7:34 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

Commissioner General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl, at the Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo, declared that Israel should stand accountable for its violations against Palestinian civilians.The Palestinian News Network (PNN) reports that, speaking to ministers in Cairo, Mr. KrĂ€henbĂŒhl stressed that, while Israel […]

31 Jul

Palestine Today 07 30 2014

July 31, 2014 12:30 AM IMEMC & Agencies Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 3 m 14s || 2.97 MB || Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Wednesday July 30th, 2014. Israeli attacks leave 129 killed in Gaza, meanwhile clashes between youth and Israeli troops […]

25 Jul

Chief of UN Agency Condemns Israeli Attack on School Where Families Were Sheltering

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl issued a statement Friday condemning the Israeli attack on the previous day which killed 17 Palestinian civilians who had sought shelter in a UN school in Beit Hanoun.The statement reads as follows: The scenes of carnage and human suffering that we witnessed today at our elementary […]

24 Jul

UNRWA Condemns Shelling of School, Rights Council Launches Probe

UNRWA has strongly condemned the recent Israeli shelling of one of its schools serving as a shelter for hundreds of displaced Palestinians, in central Gaza. The UN Human Rights Council has launched a probe into Israel’s actions in the region.’At approximately 16:55 hours Tuesday, UNRWA’s Maghazi Preparatory Girls School, in […]

18 Apr

UN Official Pledges to Lift the Siege on Gaza

The new Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Pierre Krahenbuhl pledged, yesterday, to defend Gaza and to work hard to end the blockade.Krahenbuhl said, according to the Middle East Monitor, that all United Nations human rights reports, human rights organisations’ reports and journalistic […]