The Canadian govenrment has allocated $50 million in funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the Global Affairs Canada said in a statement in the wake of the US decision to withdraw its aid of $350 million a year to the agency
The Canadian aid would also fund UNRWA’s efforts to promote neutrality and UN values among its staff and students and develop educational materials, the statement noted.
Moreover, the funds will support Palestinian refugees affected by the regional crisis caused by the Syrian conflict.
In late August, UNRWA confirmed to Sputnik that the United States would not give any funding to the agency in 2018, with some of the funding to be replaced by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Turkey. The US decision to cut funding to the UN agency was initially announced in early 2018 as US President Donald Trump said that Palestinians lacked willingness to hold peace talks with Israel and have no respect for the United States despite the massive financial aid provided to them by Washington.
UNRWA was set up in 1949 to support Palestinian refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and Gaza, pending the resolution of their conflict with Israel. The agency operates schools and various humanitarian organizations.