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.
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UNRWA students participating in psychosocial support activities at the Jenin Basic School in Neirab refugee camp in Aleppo, Syria. The Agency hosts summer camp activities for Palestine refugee students throughout the summer months and is proud to serve some 51,000 of them with a quality education during the school year. #UNRWA #forPalestinerefugees © 2019 UNRWA Photo.
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.