Millions in aid sought for Palestinian refugees
THE UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has launched an $813 million (R11 billion) emergency appeal for Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory – including East Jerusalem – and those who have fled the conflict in Syria.
Speaking to UN News, Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner-General for UNRWA, said: “Palestine refugees are among the worst affected by the conflict. Over 95 percent of those who have remained in Syria – 430 000 – are in critical need of humanitarian assistance.”
Krähenbühl said the fact that 917000 people are now in need of food assistance, a tenfold increase since 2000, was a “scandal”.
Of the requested $813m, $402m is targeted for Palestine refugees in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
This would allow nearly 1 million refugees in Gaza to receive food aid and provide rental assistance to 6500 families who lost their homes during the 2014 hostilities as well as repairs for more than 50 000 families whose homes have been damaged or destroyed.
It would also cover food-insecure refugees in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Among refugees in occupied Palestinian territory, the rate of unemployment is 43.2 percent in Gaza and 19.5percent in the West Bank.
Hundreds of thousands are foodinsecure and children, especially those in Gaza, require psychosocial support due to trauma.
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