(WASHINGTON) State Dept Report: Biden administration announces reinstatement of ‘ Palestinian Assistance Program’ including a $75-million ‘economic & development assistance to West Bank & Gaza #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.10: The United States is pleased to announce that, working with Congress, we plan to restart U.S. economic, development, and humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people:

‘The United States Restores Assistance for the Palestinians: ‘This includes $75 million in economic and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza, $10 million for peacebuilding programs through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and $150 million in humanitarian assistance for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)’

State Dept Report:

We are also resuming vital security assistance programs: All assistance will be provided consistent with U.S. law. Economic assistance includes support for small and medium enterprises’ recovery from the effects of COVID-19; support for needy households to access basic human needs, such as food and clean water; and assistance for Palestinian civil society. A portion of this funding will support the East Jerusalem Hospital Network, as it continues to provide necessary and life-saving treatments to Palestinians. This funding is in addition to the $15 million in humanitarian assistance to address the COVID-19 pandemic and food insecurity the United States announced in March:

The United States is resuming support for UNRWA’s services, including education for over 500,000 Palestinian boys and girls, thereby providing hope and stability in UNRWA’s five fields of operation in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and the West Bank and Gaza Strip: Funding to UNRWA also provides critical COVID-19 assistance, including healthcare, medicine, and medical supplies, as well as cash and food assistance to families severely impacted by COVID-19.  The United States is deeply committed to ensuring that our partnership with UNRWA promotes neutrality, accountability, and transparency. As with all of our engagements with UN institutions, the United States needs to be at the table to ensure that the reforms advance efficiencies and are in accord with our interests and values.

U.S. foreign assistance for the Palestinian people serves important U.S. interests and values: It provides critical relief to those in great need, fosters economic development, and supports Israeli-Palestinian understanding, security coordination and stability. It also aligns with the values and interests of our allies and partners. The United States is committed to advancing prosperity, security, and freedom for both Israelis and Palestinians in tangible ways in the immediate term, which is important in its own right, but also as a means to advance towards a negotiated two-state solution: The United States encourages other donors to support programs and activities that work toward a common goal of stability and progress for Israelis and Palestinians alike:

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Apr.10: 2021:

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#Syria : “Food and Basic Supplies running dangerously low in the Yarmouk Refugee Camp due to lack of Humanitarian Aid”

#AceWorldNews says that food and basic supplies are running dangerously low in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) announced, urging for speedy access of humanitarian aid.

“We have not distributed food there over a week now, which is potentially life-threatening for the besieged civilians trapped by the conflict and desperately dependent on UNRWA for food and basic medicines,” said UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness, clarifying that fighting that broke out on 7 February forced the agency to temporarily suspend its activities.

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#Syria : “UN Food Convoy `Finally’ Reaches `Besieged Yarmouk Camp’ State Media Reports”

#AceNewsServices says `UN Food Convoy Enters Syria‘s Besieged Yarmouk Camp

Ace News Desk A food convoy gained entry Thursday to Syria’s besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, the UN and Syrian state media said. UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) spokesman Chris Gunness said 600 food parcels had been delivered to the camp south of Damascus by 11:00 GMT, AFP reported. There had been “chaotic scenes” as the food was distributed, Gunness said. This is the first food convoy to be delivered to the camp since January 21, when the UNRWA took in 138 food parcels. Dozens have reportedly died in the camp from shortages of food and medicines. The UNRWA hopes further convoys would swiftly follow as tens of thousands of civilians are in need.

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UN AGENCY DEPLORES VIOLENCE IN SYRIAN REFUGEE CAMP THAT KILLED SEVEN PALESTINIANS

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The United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees today called on all parties in Syria to stop the violence in refugee camps and other civilian areas, following violence near the Dera’a camp which killed seven Palestinians.

“Reports from Dera’a of the further loss of Palestinian lives are deeply distressing,” <“http://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/official-statements/unrwa-deplores-violence-dera%E2%80%99-refugee-camp-southern-syria-which“>said Michael Kingsley-Nyinah, the Director of UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Syria.

“UNRWA repeats its calls on all parties to desist from conducting armed conflict in Palestine refugee camps and other civilian areas and to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law.”

Initial reports indicate that on Saturday, the Dera’a Palestine refugee camp was directly affected by intensive armed conflict, killing seven refugees and injuring 15 others.  As a result of the fighting, UNRWA’s Primary Health Care Centre and Women’s Programme Centre sustained heavy damage.

The Dera’a Health Centre was reconstructed and fully re-equipped with donor funds in June 2008. Prior to the conflict, the centre offered a wide range of health services to over 25,000 Palestine refugees residing in Dera’a camp and the surrounding areas. The outbreak of war in 2011 caused many refugees to seek safety outside the camp and for many months had prevented the health centre from functioning normally, UNRWA said in a news release.

The agency appealed to all sides and to the international community “to urgently resolve the Syria conflict through a peaceful process of mediation and dialogue,” adding that the conflict is aggravating the already severe human suffering endured by Syrians and Palestinians alike.

Despite extreme challenges, UNRWA continues to support some 420,000 Palestine refugees in Syria with health care, primary education, cash transfers, food assistance, psycho-social support access to micro-finance and other humanitarian services.

 

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