Ramallah. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) on Friday resumed its services for them in the West Bank. A senior official made this announcement on Saturday. “Palestinian refugees have been badly affected by the union strike since March 4, but we are relieved that UNRWA is now able to provide services to refugee communities in the West Bank,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini.
The UNRWA workers’ union in the West Bank ended its strike on Thursday, which had lasted for four consecutive months. “Our top priority right now is to get UNRWA to reopen 90 schools, so that more than 40,000 children who were at risk of dropping out this year will avoid loss of education,” Lazzarini said. According to the UN agency, chronic low funding had depleted the agency’s resources and caused a decline in the quality of its service.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that UNRWA was on the brink of financial collapse, calling on donor countries to shoulder their responsibilities and support the agency in helping Palestinian refugees. It is noteworthy that UNRWA helps refugees in human development through its services in education, health care, relief, social services, security and camp infrastructure and improvement. The union strike led to the suspension of vital services for some nine million Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and forced children out of schools. Furthermore, patients were not able to access essential health services.
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