Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for a replacement for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) by the end of the week, while Washington is considering shifting support allocated to the agency to other parties.
Israel says members of UNRWA played a role in the Al-Aqsa flood, prompting the United States and other countries to freeze funding from the agency, which provides its services to more than 5 million Palestinians.
The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation said on Tuesday that Netanyahu had asked the commander-in-chief to provide UNRWA with alternative routes to take aid to Gaza by the end of the week.
For its part, the United States announced that support allocated to UNRWA may be transferred to other agencies.
This came at a press conference by US State Department Deputy Spokesman Vedant Patel, where he confirmed the validity of the Senate's preparation of a draft bill to block aid to UNRWA. Movement. He further said that the United Nations has started investigations in this regard.
Patel pointed out that funds given to UNRWA could be channeled to other partners to provide aid to the Gaza Strip, such as the World Food Programme, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other civil society organizations.
The U.S. official emphasized that they are emphasizing the speedy conclusion of the investigation, indicating that they know how important UNRWA's work is.
Section on discontinuance of funds
As of last January 30, 18 countries and the European Union have decided to suspend funding for UNRWA, following Israel's allegations that 12 of its staff members participated in the Al-Aqsa flood operation launched by the Palestinian resistance against Israel. Its massacres against civilians and desecration of sanctities.
On the other hand, the governments of Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Slovenia, Luxembourg and Norway issued separate statements announcing their continued funding of UNRWA.
UNRWA was established by a decision of the United Nations General Assembly in 1949, and was mandated to provide assistance and protection to Palestinian refugees in five territories: Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Only their problem will be solved.
Since last October 7, the Israeli army has been waging a devastating war in the Gaza Strip, 27,478 martyrs and 66,835 wounded, most of whom are children and women.