European Union supports UNRWA to protect Palestine refugees

August 2, 2023
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The European Union (EU) allocated EUR 1 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to better protect Palestine Refugees who are threatened by conflict and forced displacement in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Since 2009, EU humanitarian funds have supported UNRWA efforts to provide protection to Palestine Refugees.


In 2023, the EU will continue its support to UNRWA and will aim to reach close to 200,000 refugees in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) to offset the negative effects of this coercive environment through hundreds of advocacy interventions. UNRWA and the EU are persistent and vocal advocates for upholding International Humanitarian Law.


The EU funds the UNRWA Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU), which provides cash assistance, psychological first aid, and other complimentary services to assist individuals threatened by forced displacement, demolitions and other forms of violence.


European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “The EU’s partnership with UNRWA seeks to better protect civilians, particularly children in refugee camps. They are the ones feeling the full brunt of the escalation. We are committed to continue our unwavering support to the most vulnerable Palestinian refugees.”

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