UN Palestinian Relief Agency: Sweden resumes funds | EUROtoday

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As of: March 9, 2024 5:56 p.m

Sweden is paying to the UN Palestinian Relief Agency once more – in view of latest laws for monitoring staff, but in addition the desolate provide scenario within the Gaza Strip. The equal of 17.7 million euros was accepted.

The Swedish authorities is once more offering monetary assist to the UN Palestinian Relief Agency (UNRWA, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees within the Near East). The authorities in Stockholm introduced {that a} fee of 200 million crowns (round 17.7 million euros) had been determined. The determination was made in view of the acute humanitarian scenario within the Gaza Strip and towards the background of latest agreements on stricter controls.

The UN aid company UNRWA got here below heavy criticism in January. Some staff had been accused of being concerned within the October 7 bloodbath by the militant Islamist Hamas in Israel. UN Secretary-General António Guterres had promised a complete investigation into the allegations. The collaboration with a number of staff was terminated.

“Needs in the Gaza Strip are acute”

Several Western international locations briefly suspended funds to UNRWA due to the allegations, together with the 2 largest donors, the United States and Germany. Sweden is now additionally switching to Canada. “The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is devastating and the needs are acute,” stated International Development Cooperation Minister Johan Forssell.

The Swedish authorities introduced that the help group had agreed to strengthen inside supervision, permit impartial auditing and allow further controls on the workforce. Further disbursements can be made this yr if UNRWA makes progress on agreed factors.

Warning and hope from Lazzarini

The head of the UN Palestinian Relief Agency, Philippe Lazzarini, is cautiously optimistic that the group can rely on worldwide assist once more. “I have the feeling that a number of countries that have decided to suspend their financial support are in the process of reviewing their position,” Lazzarini instructed Swiss broadcaster RTS.