JERUSALEM: In refugee camps within the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution, Palestinians counting on the UN company UNRWA for education and healthcare worry key providers will cease as donors have paused funding over accusations employees members took half in Hamas’ Oct 7 assault.
A lot of the give attention to the destiny of the United Nations Aid and Works Company for Palestinian refugees has been on its emergency operations in war-devastated Gaza the place it’s important to an help effort for the enclave’s 2.3 million inhabitants.
However the company can be a lifeline for Palestinian refugees throughout the Center East, together with within the West Financial institution the place it serves greater than 870,000 individuals, operating 96 faculties and 43 main healthcare amenities.
“In the event that they reduce off help from UNRWA, there shall be no assist of any form for residents, particularly in refugee camps as a result of they depend on UNRWA,” mentioned Mohammad al-Masri, a resident of Dheisheh refugee camp close to Bethlehem.
UNRWA introduced final month that it had dismissed employees after Israel offered it with allegations that 12 of its 13,000 workers in Gaza had taken half within the Oct 7 assault by Hamas fighters who stormed border fences and attacked Israeli cities.
The militant group killed round 1,200 individuals, largely civilians, and dragged greater than 250 again into Gaza as hostages, in line with Israeli tallies. Israel’s aerial and floor battle within the Hamas-run enclave has killed greater than 28,000 individuals there, well being authorities there say.