The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees said that, for the first time in its history, it has run out of money until the end of the year as it receives its lowest contribution since 2012.
According to the commissioner-general Philip Lazzarini, the agency was on the “edge of a cliff, But I still believe we can avoid falling. We can avoid falling if the solidarity of the international community is expressed now.”
UNRWA was established back in 1948 to provide basic necessities to some 700,000 Palestinians who fled from their homes during the war surrounding Israel’s establishment in 1948, however, the populations that it carters for now is about 5.5 million.
UNRWA said earlier this month it needed to raise $70m before the end of November or it won’t be able to pay the full salaries of its workers and it had gone on to notified its 28,000 staffs that it will be forced to defer their salaries for the rest of the year.