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05 Feb

Palestinians Protest US Imposed UNRWA Cuts (VIDEO)

The Refugee Youth Movement, on Monday, held a protest outside the main UNRWA office in Bethlehem, against the reductions in the agency’s services, after US president DonaldTrump’s administration cut its funding. According to the PNN, the participants raised banners protesting the cuts and recent US resolutions impacting the rights of […]

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 […]

31 Jan

US Reportedly to Continue Aiding UNRWA if School Books Changed

US administration has proposed that the UNRWA changes its school textbooks in order to continue to receive US donations, Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad reported, on Tuesday. The newspaper said that the US proposed two amendments to the textbooks, which include the abolition of all references to the right of return and […]

29 Jan

VIDEO: Palestinians Hold Demonstration Outside UNRWA Headquarters in Bethlehem

The Palestinian youth movement on Monday organized a protest in front of UNRWA headquarters in Bethlehem and closed down the office, in response to the cuts of the agency’s services following U.S. administration decision to cut aid to the Palestinians. Mohammed Abu Srour, a youth activist, said that the movement’s […]

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 […]

09 Jan

UNRWA says Mandate Comes Only from UN General Assembly

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said, on Monday, that its mandate comes only from the United Nations General Assembly, which created it in 1950 following the Palestinians’ dispersion from their homeland, with Israel’s creation by a UN resolution in 1947. UNRWA’s response came after […]

07 Jan

Netanyahu Supports “Gradual Cutback” of UNRWA Funding by US

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has expressed support for a gradual cutback of US funding to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees, according to Israeli reports. Haaretz said, according to the PNN, that Netanyahu’s bureau said, over the weekend, that the prime minister “supports a critical […]

06 Jan

Israeli-US Campaign against UNRWA Condemned by Foreign Ministry

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Friday, condemned what it described as “the vicious Israeli and US campaign” targeting the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The ministry criticized, in a press release, the campaign targeting UNRWA as seen in US statements threatening to cut financial aid […]

28 Oct

Official Statement: UNRWA Condemns Neutrality Violation in Gaza

Statement by Christopher Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson 28 October 2017 East Jerusalem On 15 October 2017, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) discovered the existence of what appeared to be a tunnel underneath one of its schools in Gaza.  In accordance with its protocol, the Agency […]

10 Jul

Nearly 200,000 Children from Gaza take part in UNRWA Summer Fun Weeks

nsnbc : One hundred and eighty-six thousand children have registered to participate in a month-long programme of summer activities organized by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The ‘Summer Fun Weeks’ (SFWs) will began on July 8 and culminate in a series of closing […]

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 […]

17 Jun

Ashrawi Condemns Call by Netanyahu to Close UNRWA

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi strongly condemned a recent demand, by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to shut down the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). “Netanyahu’s call to disband UNRWA is the epitome of arrogance, particularly since Israel itself […]

10 Jun

UNRWA Condemns Construction of Tunnel under Gaza School as Violation of Neutrality

nsnbc : The United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Gaza Strip, Palestine, condemned in the strongest possible terms, the construction of tunnels underneath UNRWA operated schools as a violation of the agency’s neutrality. In a statement released by UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness, the agency stated that on June […]

23 Mar

Islamic Bank Signs $40m Agreement with UNRWA for Gaza Homes

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB), in its capacity as Coordinator for the Program of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Reconstruction of Gaza, has reportedly re-programmed and signed a $40 million agreement with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for reconstruction […]

13 Mar

Sweden Contributes $6.6m to UNRWA

The Government of Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Agency Cooperation (SIDA), has contributed $6.6 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), to support the Agency’s emergency response to the Syria regional crisis and the situation in the occupied Palestinian […]

24 Feb

Official UNRWA Statement on Gaza Neutrality Issue

Gaza Neutrality Issue Statement by UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness 23 February 2017   Allegations have been circulating in conventional and social media networks about an UNRWA staff member being elected to political office in Gaza.   As soon as the allegations came to UNRWA’s attention, the Agency undertook a preliminary […]

22 Dec

UNRWA Suspends Operations at Ein El-Hilweh Refugee Camp due to Violent Outbreaks

The United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian refugees in the near east (UNRWA) has strongly condemned an outbreak of armed violence which took  place at the Ein El Hilweh Palestinian Refugee camp in Lebanon, today and yesterday, and calls for restraint. Due to armed violence and increased risks to civilian […]

17 Dec

Gaza: UNRWA Employees Escalate Protests

The employees union of UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for providing services to some five million Palestinian refugees, announced Thursday, in Gaza, that the employees would escalate activities against UNRWA’s administration, in the latest of widespread protests targeting the agency over the past several months. General-Secretary of the UNRWA Employees […]

16 Nov

UNRWA Headquarters on Strike in West Bank and Gaza

The employees at all United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) headquarters, in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, launched a strike on Monday, in a response to the systematic neglect of the international agency and its denial of the rights of […]

10 Nov

Gaza: UNRWA Provides Reconstruction Payments for 244 Refugee Families

(Al Ray archive image) The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) disbursed over $1.6 million for reconstruction and severe repair works to 244 refugee families across Gaza, an official statement said on Wednesday. It said, according to WAFA, that emergency shelter – including support for home repairs, […]

07 Nov

3-day Strike at UNRWA Facilities

Head of the workers union at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Suhil Al-Hindi, says that the union has decided to close all UNRWA facilities in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip for three days, starting on Tuesday, in a protest […]

21 Oct

UNRWA Statement on Killing of Four Palestinian Refugees in Syria

via Christopher Gunness, UNRWA. [Jerusalem, 21 October, 2016] Four Palestine refugees were killed on the night of 18 October as they attempted to leave the Khan Eshieh Palestine refugee camp, south of the Syrian capital, Damascus, to which access has been highly restricted. Nofeh Mohammed Jarad, who was in her […]

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 […]

26 Aug

Official Response to Closure of Investigation into Israeli Shelling near UNRWA School in Rafah 08/03/14

UNRWA has not been given an opportunity to review the evidence but we have seen the explanation on the Israeli Military Advocate General’s website. In the circumstance it is therefore impossible for us to make specific comments about the way the case has been conducted. According to the UN Secretary […]

25 Jul

Official UNRWA Statement on Hebron Closures

25 JULY  2016 UNRWA is deeply concerned about the humanitarian impact of the closure applied by the Israeli authorities in the Hebron district, affecting in particular Fawwar refugee camp. The closure was implemented following a series of violent incidents that took place before the end of Ramadan in which two […]

22 Jul

UNRWA: Growth Needs in Gaza Exceed Financial Aid

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA, warned on Wednesday of the growth needs of Palestinian refugees, in the Gaza Strip, which exceed their financial support. In its emergency report on the crisis in Gaza, UNRWA noted an increased demand for services resulting from the growth in the number […]

15 Jul

UNRWA Condemns Latest Israeli Demolitions in the West Bank, Urges Respect for Internaional Law

On the record quote from Chris Gunness, UNRWA spokesperson:   “The Israeli authorities have carried out a large scale demolition in the Bedouin refugee community at Anata in the occupied West Bank. Seven residential structures, four animal shelters and four toilet units, were destroyed of which three were funded by […]

30 Jun

UNRWA: US Donates $52m in West Bank and Gaza

United States Consul-General to Jerusalem Donald Blome announced on Thursday a contribution of $51.6 million from the United States to Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza. According to Yumna Patel, reporting for Ma’an News Agency, the donation was a response to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for […]

25 Jun

UNRWA Statement on Punitive Israeli Demolitions, Use of Explosives

06/25/16 | Christopher Gunness | UNRWA UNRWA is gravely concerned about the recent decision of the Israeli High Court of Justice to reject the appeals filed by Palestine refugee families against two punitive demolitions in Qalandia refugee camp. The two families were given five days as of 14 June to evacuate the apartments.  […]

19 Jun

UNRWA: 3 More Palestinians Killed in Syrian Refugee Camp

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) strongly condemned the ongoing escalation of the armed conflict in Syria which, on 14 June, claimed the lives of another three Palestine refugees in Khan Eshieh camp, and continues gravely to endanger the safety of […]

18 Jun

UNRWA Report: Gaza Seige Illegal and in Violation of Humanitarian Law

via the International Solidarity Movement, Facebook. (Europal Forum) A report issued by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) confirmed the severe deterioration in various aspects of life in Gaza as a result of the continued Israeli siege imposed on the Strip over the […]

14 Jun

UNRWA Statement Regarding Attack in Sayyida Zeinab

Damascus, 14 June, 2016  The UNITED NATIONS WORKS AND RELIEF AGENCY (UNRWA) strongly condemns the parties responsible for two explosions in the vicinity of Qabr Essit camp in the town of Sayyida Zeinab on 11 June 2016. One explosion claimed the lives of 14 civilians and injured over a hundred. […]

10 Jun

UNRWA: Violence in Syria Destroys Civilian Homes, Claims 2 Palestinian Lives

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), on Wednesday, deplored the escalation of the armed conflict in Syria which, in recent days, has claimed the lives of two Palestine refugees in the northern city of Aleppo, and continues to gravely endanger the […]

06 Apr

UNRWA Condemns Today’s Large Scale Home Demolitions in the West Bank

April 6, 2016 6:00 PM IMEMC News & Agencies News Report 0

Statement by UNRWA West Bank Director, Lance Bartholomuesz Jerusalem 6 April 2016 UNRWA condemns today’s large scale home demolitions by the Israeli Authorities in the Bedouin refugee community of Um al Khayr in the South Hebron Hills. As a result, 31 Palestine refugees, including 16 children, were made homeless. This community has […]

13 Jan

UNRWA: Only 20% of Gaza Reconstruction Funds Received

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said that it received only 20 percent of the money needed for the reconstruction of the destroyed houses in the Gaza Strip, QudsNet reported yesterday.UNRWA spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna said, according to Al Ray, that […]

10 Dec

UN Adopts Resolutions in Favor of Palestine, UNRWA

The UN General Assembly has adopted, by a vast majority, eight resolutions in favor of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and the special committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the basic human rights of the Palestinian people.The resolutions were adopted […]

24 Nov

€10 Million Made Available to UNRWA by European Commision

Yesterday, the European Commission announced an additional €10 million in support to UNRWA, in order to keep schools open, and to maintain core services for Palestinian refugees..According to the official press release, this contribution, which comes in addition to the €10 million granted in October, brings the 2015 EU support […]

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 […]

19 Aug

Dangerous Trends In Palestinian Health Caused by Occupation: UNRWA

A United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) report on Palestine’s Gaza Strip concludes that infant mortality has risen for the first time in decades. A significant marker for a dangerous trend says UNRWA Director of Health Dr. Akihiro Seita. Infant mortality is but one of numerous health and mental […]

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

August 5, 2015 5:06 PM IMEMC Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

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 […]

02 Jul

UNRWA to Close Hundreds of Schools

UNRWA might close 700 Palestinian refugee schools due to funding crisis faced by the organisation, a senior official has said.Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Robert Turner, told French newspaper Le Monde that UNRWA is facing difficulties in offering its services to Palestinian […]

29 Jun

UNRWA Announces Reduction of International Personnel

Today UNRWA announced that 85 per cent of all 137 international personnel on short term contracts will be separated in a phased process which will last until the end of September. 35 per cent of the 137 internationals will see their contracts end in the coming four weeks. Another 50 […]

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

June 16, 2015 10:42 PM IMEMC Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

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 Jun

UNRWA Announces Over $2M in Aid to Gaza Families

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said that $2,097,225 in funding were made available for cash assistance to meet the needs of almost 565 families in the war-battered Gaza Strip.A press release issued by UNRWA said that an amount of $ […]

06 Jun

Hamas Organizes Protest against Unity Government, UNRWA

Hamas, on Friday, organized a march in Jabaliya refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, to protest the national unity government‘s alleged neglect of the coastal enclave, as well as policies of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.According to Ma’an News Agency, the march set off from mosques across […]

24 May

UNRWA High School Principal Injured By Gunmen Fire In Khan Younis

Palestinian security sources in Gaza have reported that unknown gunmen shot and injured, on Saturday at dawn, the principal of an UNRWA school in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.The sources said Ali al-Kashef was shot while heading back home following dawn prayers in a local […]

06 May

UNRWA Denies Israeli Allegations over Alleged Palestinian Attack

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on Tuesday denied a false allegation made against it by former head of the Israeli army over an alleged incident which occurred during the 2014 summer Israeli aggression on Gaza.According to WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency, the organization stressed that the […]

28 Apr

Special UN Report: 2014 Israeli Assault on Gaza Hit 7 UNRWA Schools

April 28, 2015 5:56 PM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

Attacks to be considered of ‘extreme severity toward those who looked to them for protection and sought refuge and were granted shelter there, had their hope and trust denied”, according to a recent statement by the United Nations. A UN girl’s school was hit 88 times by mortar shells; another […]

10 Apr

UNRWA Cannot Rebuild Gaza Due to Lack of Funds

April 10, 2015 3:55 AM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA has only received funding to reconstruct 200 of the 9,061 houses destroyed in Gaza, said a report released on Thursday.While some 60,000 Palestine refugee families have been able to complete the repair of their damaged homes with assistance provided through UNRWA, the majority of […]

24 Mar

Kuwait Donates $4 M. To UNRWA

The Kuwaiti government announced, Monday, its approval of the annual contribution of $2 million to the General Fund of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRAW), to enable it to continue providing essential health, education and social relief services to the Palestinian refugees. Sandra Mitchel, UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General, said […]

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 […]

22 Feb

UNRWA: $100m Urgently Needed in Gaza

UNRWA stated, on Sunday, that US $100 million in aid is urgently needed for families affected by the last Israeli offensive in the region, this past summer.The money is needed in the first quarter of 2015, to allow refugee families with minor damage to repair their homes and to provide […]

05 Feb

UNRWA 2015 Gaza Food Assistance in Distribution

UNRWA announced, Thursday, that it had begun distributing its 2015 emergency food assistance to needy refugee families in the Gaza Strip.According to WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency, UNRWA revealed, in a recent press release, that the move comes as part of a wider framework to mantain its support of […]

27 Jan

UNRWA Forced to Suspend Gaza Assistance Due to Lack of Funds

January 27, 2015 12:42 PM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

Gaza, 27 January 2015: UNRWA has been forced to suspend its cash assistance programme in Gaza to tens of thousands of people for repairs to damaged and destroyed homes and for rental subsidies to the homeless. Over 96,000 Palestine refugee family homes were damaged or destroyed during last summer’s conflict […]

28 Nov

UNRWA: Severe Flooding in Gaza, State of Emergency Declared

UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA declared, on Thursday, a state of emergency in Gaza City, due to massive rains and flooding.Ma’an News Agency reports that a major storm, over the past week, has filled the streets of Gaza City with water and sewage, causing further misery for more than 100,000 […]

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 […]

03 Oct

Gunness: 138 UNRWA Students Killed Since July

On the record quote from UNRWA Spokesman, Chris Gunness… With 241,000 children back in UNRWA schools to continue their education, UNRWA now has a more accurate picture of the impact of the 50-day war on students and their families. We can confirm that 138 UNRWA students were killed since 8 […]

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 […]

11 Sep

UN: Israel Used UNRWA School For Military Operations

September 11, 2014 12:00 AM IMEMC Agencies International, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Israeli forces, during the recent offensive on the the Gaza Strip, used one of UNRWA’s schools in the region as a military base, according to a UN offical. Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Security-General for Children and Armed Conflict, declared on Monday that the Israeli military bombed 244 schools, […]

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 […]

30 Jul

UNRWA Official: Israeli Shelling of Schools is a Violation of International Law

The following is a statement by UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuh. ‘Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a […]

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 […]

23 Jul

UNRWA School Bombed as Feared

An UNRWA school that has been sheltering Palestinian refugees in central Gaza came under Israeli fire on Tuesday, as previously feared by relief workers, while an inspection team was working on repairing damage from the previous day.According to a United Nations official, a team with Israeli clearance was at the […]

19 Jul

More than 30,000 Gazans in UNRWA Shelters Since Thursday

UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA said, today, that more than 30,000 people have fled their homes to take shelter in the 34 UNRWA schools that are located across the Gaza Strip, since Thursday.Previously, UNRWA had estimated that 20,000 Palestinians had sought refuge with them, but that the number has now […]

14 Jul

Thousands of Palestinians Seek Refuge at UNRWA Schools

Thousands of Palestinians sought refuge at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian schools, Sunday, after Israeli forces ordered them to evacuate their homes in northern Gaza, in preparation for bombing the area. Clashes continued in the West Bank area, today, as soldiers set fire to olive […]

11 Jul

UNRWA, World Health Organization Address Gaza Crisis

The director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, Robert Turner, decalred Thursday that the people of Gaza are again suffering due to Israeli bombardment. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Palestinian Ministry of Health are calling on local and international donors to support the Ministry in coping with the crisis. […]

20 Jun

5.4m Palestinian Registered Refugees at UNRWA

UNRWA Records have indicated that the number of registered Palestinian refugees, as of January 2014, amount to approximately 5.4 million, according to a press release by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS):(WAFA) UNRWA Records indicated that these figures represented the minimum number of Palestinian refugees: Palestinian refugees in West […]

17 Jun

Eight Kidnapped In Jenin, Soldiers Confiscate UNRWA Vehicle

June 17, 2014 2:47 PM Saed Bannoura Israeli attacks, Jenin, News Report 0

[Tuesday, June 17, 2014] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and the Jenin refugee camp, violently broke into and searched dozens of homes, kidnapped eight Palestinians and confiscated a vehicle belonging to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).Local sources said that dozens […]

06 Feb

Hamdallah Brokers Deal to End UNRWA Strike

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has brokered an agreement between Palestinian employees of UNRWA and the agency’s administration, ending a two-month strike.Officials privy to the details told Ma’an News Agency on Thursday that both sides agreed, in principle, to put an end to a strike which has been ongoing for more […]

16 Jan

Palestinian Authority To Mediate Between UNRWA And Unions

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met with representatives from the Palestinian union for the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees on Wednesday, a Palestinian official has said.Labor Minister Ahmad al-Majdalani said that the meeting was set up to discuss a letter Hamdallah had received from UNRWA’s general commissioner, Ma’an News Agency has […]

14 Jan

Protestors Clash Near Ramallah: UNRWA Update

Palestinians blocked major roads in Ramallah, on Sunday morning, in protest of a lack of public services resulting from the ongoing strike by UNRWA employees. Palestinians blocked major roads in Ramallah, on Sunday morning, in protest of a lack of public services resulting from the ongoing strike by UNRWA employees. […]

09 Jan

UNRWA Refuses To Increase Striking Workers’ Salaries

Management of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) has refused to increase the salaries of Palestinian employees in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA employees in Gaza staged a one-day strike, on Sunday, in protest of the agency’s dismissal of workers and its refusal to increase salaries, […]

21 Jun

Ashton Arrives In Gaza, Visits UNRWA School

Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union, arrived in the Gaza Strip Thursday [June 20 2013], and visited a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).Ashton affirmed that the European Union is committed to supporting the […]

18 Jan

UNRWA Denounces Killing Of 12 Palestinians In Damascus

The United Nations Works and Relief Agency (UNRWA) strongly denounced the death of twelve Palestinian refugees, mainly children, during clashes between gunmen and members of the Syrian army.The UNRWA urged all parties to withdraw from civilians areas, including refugee camps, and to ensure the protection of the civilians at all […]

16 Jan

E.U. Approves €100 M. To P.A., UNRWA

The European Union has decided to grant the Palestinian Authority (P.A.), in the West Bank, and the UNRWA, €100 Million so that they can continue to provide essential services to the Palestinians. In its statement, the European Commission reported that the decision of the European Union to provide assistance to […]

06 Jun

Reduction in UNRWA Services in Gaza: Calls for End of Siege

June 6, 2012 3:58 PM Sarah Snobar Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip announced that there will be a reduction in its services in Gaza due to a decline in funding from donor countries. Robert Turner, the new head of UNRWA in Gaza, said that they have decided to cut down on […]

28 May

Australia Offers 90 million Dollars to UNRWA

PNN has reported that Australia has offered the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) 90 million dollars to help cover costs of the services provided for Palestinian refugees. It has been reported that Australian foreign minister, Bob Carr signed an agreement with UNRWA Head, Filippo Grandi, that […]

11 May

New UNRWA Upgrade Plan To Improve Dheisheh Refugee Camp

Dheisheh, the oldest refugee camp in the West Bank, is set to receive a facelift under a new UNWRA upgrade plan. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), is launching a new program to upgrade UN refugee camps’ dilapidated facilities.While the UN and other agencies have been […]

25 Apr

UNRWA Builds 223 Homes In Gaza

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has built 223 homes in the Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, providing shelter for 1,300 refugees who lost their homes during Israeli offensives against the coastal region.The project was […]

28 Nov

A Goal for Peace – Real Madrid Foundation and UNRWA unite for Palestine refugee children

November 28, 2011 2:42 PM IMEMC News International Politics, News Report, Palestine 0

A Partnership Agreement has been signed by Mr Florentino PĂ©rez, President of Real Madrid FC, and Mr Filipo Grandi, Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA. The signing took place in Santiago BernabĂ©u Stadium executive box.This Partnership Agreement will lead to the establishment of eight Social […]

22 Jul

Gaza Refugees Continue Their Sit-in Protest Outside UNRWA Building

For the second day, the Popular Committee for Palestinian Refugees in Gaza, continued the peace sit-in protest in front of the UNRWA building in Gaza City, in protest to due to the sharp decline in services provided by the international agency to the refugee in Gaza, organizers said.Dozens of refugees […]

22 Jun

UNRWA Appeal For Funds To Support Palestinian Refugee’s

Jordan’s Prime Minister Marouf al Bakheet and the UNRWA’s Commissioner General Filippo Grandi appealed for monetary aid to appeal for finances to fund the UNWRA’s work among Palestinian refugees. In a speech to the UNRWA’s advisory council the two warned of instability if services to the regions 3.6 million Palestinian […]

14 Jun

UNRWA Puts Gaza Unemployment At 45.2%

June 14, 2011 1:57 AM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

A recent report by UNRWA has put Gaza’s unemployment at 45.2%, the highest in the World. The report says that the Israeli siege is the main cause of this high rate of unemployment. The report was released on the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the Israeli siege of Gaza, […]

09 Jun

UNRWA Claims West Bank Economy Not As Healthy As Perceived

The UNRWA has released a report undermining recent media reports that the West Bank economy was booming under the PA and Israeli occupation, according to research author Salem Ajluni. The report claims that the increase in employment reported for the West Bank is undermined by an increase in the unemployment […]

05 Apr

UNRWA Reports Record House Demolitions By Israel

April 5, 2011 2:18 AM IMEMC Agencies Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) reports that Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes and other buildings reached a record high in March.According to UNRWA, 76 buildings were demolished in March, resulting in the displacement of 158 people, including 64 children. This brings the total number of displaced persons […]

09 Feb


The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has pledged ₤1.5 million of new support for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. The aid will go the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) which provides services to Palestinian refugees in a number of countries.The money is intended to provide rental subsidies to almost […]

29 Oct

Erekat: “Statements of UNRWA’s Director, Disappointing”

Head of the Negotiations Department at the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, said that the statements of UNRWA New York director, Andrew Whitley, regarding the Palestinian Right of Return are disappointing. Whitley said that the Palestinians “should not live under the illusion of achieving the Right of Return”, […]

20 Jul

Head of UNRWA Discusses Efforts, Frustrations in Gaza

Last Thursday John Ging, head of UNRWA in Gaza, spoke to an audience at the Zikim kibbutz near Ashkelon about his organization’s goals in Gaza, as well as the difficulties they face achieving them. Speaking to over fifty Israeli citizens and a handful of internationals at the Zikim kibbutz near […]

28 Jun

Masked Gunmen Torch UNRWA Summer Camp In Central Gaza

A group of unknown gunmen attacked on Monday at dawn a summer camp that belongs to the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) in al-Zawayda area, north of Dir al-Balah in central Gaza.Eyewitnesses reported that the attack against the school students’ summer camp caused excessive damage and that the […]

22 Jan

Canada Removes Funding from UNRWA to ‘Redirect in Accordance with Canadian Values’

The Canadian government has decided to pull its funding from United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, and direct the money towards specific projects.The announcement was made following Vic Toews’ five-day trip through the Middle East. Toews, president of the Treasury Board in Canada, […]

04 Apr

Gaza-based UNRWA recieves a UAE fund

April 4, 2008 12:05 AM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Strip, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in Gaza (UNRWA), recieved Thursday a fund from the United Arab Emirates, worthy of $4 million dollars, to be allocated for food assistance, the UNRWA provides for Palestinian refugees in the coastal territory. The fund will be used in purchasing […]

01 Apr

Radical group threatens UNRWA in Gaza

Palestinian sources reported on Tuesday that a Radical group threatened to attack the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza.The group, calling itself Ahrar Al Watan (free men of the homelnd in Arabic), said that UNRWA encourages gender-mixing in workplaces by employing women in education […]

07 Mar

UNRWA employees held a strike in protest to Israeli attacks in Gaza

Workers of different institutions run by the UNRWA in the West Bank and Jerusalem held a strike on Thursday protesting against the Israeli attacks and violations against the Gaza Strip.The strike included all health, education and social facilities of the UNRWA, and all UNRWA run schools and medical centers were […]