JERUSALEM: In refugee camps within the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution, Palestinians counting on the UN company UNRWA for education and healthcare worry key companies will cease as donors have paused funding over accusations employees members took half in Hamas’ Oct 7 assault.
Many of the give attention to the destiny of the United Nations Reduction and Works Company for Palestinian refugees has been on its emergency operations in war-devastated Gaza the place it’s important to an help effort for the enclave’s 2.3 million inhabitants.
However the company can also be a lifeline for Palestinian refugees throughout the Center East, together with within the West Financial institution the place it serves greater than 870,000 folks, working 96 colleges and 43 main healthcare amenities.
“In the event that they reduce off help from UNRWA, there will probably be no assist of any type for residents, particularly in refugee camps as a result of they depend on UNRWA,” stated Mohammad al-Masri, a resident of Dheisheh refugee camp close to Bethlehem.
UNRWA introduced final month that it had dismissed employees after Israel introduced it with allegations that 12 of its 13,000 staff in Gaza had taken half within the Oct 7 assault by Hamas fighters who stormed border fences and attacked Israeli cities.
The militant group killed round 1,200 folks, largely civilians, and dragged greater than 250 again into Gaza as hostages, in accordance with Israeli tallies. Israel’s aerial and floor warfare within the Hamas-run enclave has killed greater than 28,000 folks there, well being authorities there say.