Gaza (QNN)- Nearly one million Palestinian refugees in Gaza face food shortages due to the Israeli blockade as well as slashed global funding for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, reported an NGO on Saturday.
In a statement on the World Refugee Day, Jamal al-Khoudary, chairman of the Popular Committee to End Gaza’s Siege, said “A genuine decline in support from donors has had serious repercussions on the Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem and other Arab states.”
He added that USA decision to halt funds, estimated to be around $360 million annually, for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) two years ago had severely impacted the agency’s operations.
World Refugee Day is marked globally on June 20 and focuses on increasing awareness about the suffering of millions of refugees across the world.
Gaza Strip was subjected to three Israeli aggressions, in 2008, 2012, and 2014, causing the destruction of many buildings and increasing the suffering of Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip.