Canada boosts aid to UNRWA

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OT­TAWA: Canada stepped up aid for Pales­tinian refugees on Fri­day, an­nounc­ing CAN$50 mil­lion (US$38 mil­lion) for the United Na­tions Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), whose mis­sion has suf­fered since Wash­ing­ton cut its help. UNRWA was set up in 1950 to help Pales­tinian refugees who lost their homes be­cause of the 1948 Mid­dle East con­flict. Its as­sis­tance in­cludes schools, health­care cen­ters and food distri­bu­tion. The Cana­dian con­tri­bu­tion is to be spread over two years. CAN$40 mil­lion will go to “meet­ing the ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion, health and liveli­hood needs of mil­lions of Pales­tinian refugees,” Ot­tawa said in a state­ment. An­other CAN$10 mil­lion will be used to pro­vide “emer­gency life-sav­ing as­sis­tance to more than 460,000 Pales­tinian refugees in Syria and Le­banon,” it said.

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