Japan on Thursday announced it will contribute over $30 million to projects serving Palestinians, mainly through United Nations (UN) organizations and international aid groups, according to Palestinian Ma’an news agency.
According to a statement from the Representative Office of Japan to Palestine, the new contribution for 2019 will be provided to all allocated areas by the end of the month, including the UN Relief and Works Agency in the Near East (UNRWA), the international body dedicated exclusively to addressing the needs of Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Middle East at large.
The majority of the funds ($17.7 million) will go to UNRWA, mainly to be used for humanitarian assistance in impoverished, Hamas-run Gaza.Over $5 million will be given to Palestinians living in Lebanon and Syria. An additional $3.3 million is allocated for solar energy installation to address the energy crisis reeking havoc on Gaza’s civilian infrastructure in recent years. The rest of the funds will go towards supporting partnerships and projects with both local and Japanese non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
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