UAE Pledges Dhs184 Million To Support Palestinians

BY Harper's BAZAAR Arabia / Jul 29 2019 / 19:36 PM

The donation will help improve the lives of refugees

UAE Pledges Dhs184 Million To Support Palestinians

The UAE promised on Saturday to donate $50 million, or approximately Dhs184 million, to UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East). 

The aid will be distributed to improve education, healthcare services and living conditions for over five million Palestinians

The UAE is a key international donor to UNRWA and an important player particularly in light of the financial difficulties the agency now faces, after President Trump's announcement last year that the US would cut all its funding for UNRWA. 

The Emirati Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation released a statement praising the efforts of UNRWA, despite the obstacles it faces, and also commended the other international donors who have shown their commitment to backing the agency's work. 

The Arab nation is a longtime supporter of the Palestinian cause, having contributed over $300 million (over Dhs1.1 billion) in just two years to fund education programmes and supply power to hospitals.