US pulls refugee funds

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

THE US is end­ing fund­ing for the UN agency that helps Pales­tinian refugees, a week af­ter it slashed bi­lat­eral aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza.

The US sup­plies nearly 30% of the UN Re­lief and Works Agency bud­get but had de­manded re­forms.

The State Depart­ment said that the US would no longer fund the “ir­re­deemably flawed oper­a­tion”, cut­ting nearly $300m (£230m) of planned sup­port.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is pre­par­ing to roll out a peace plan for Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans.

The UN de­fended its ed­u­ca­tion, health and other pro­grammes in the area.

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