An employee of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) holds a Palestinian flag during a protest against a U.S. decision to cut aid, in Gaza City January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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An urgent plea for hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Palestinian refugees from Syria could provide a "lifeline" after "catastrophic" U.S. funding cuts, U.N. officials in Beirut said Wednesday.On Tuesday, the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA, launched its annual funding appeal for $800 million, about half for Palestinians in the occupied territories, and the other half for those affected by Syria's war.The agency is requesting $409 million to support 438,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria, but also nearly 50,000 Palestinians who fled Syria to Jordan and Lebanon.American government funding represented 60 percent of UNRWA's received contributions for Palestinians in Syria in 2017 .UNRWA has registered 32,561 Palestinians from Syria who have fled to Lebanon, about 90% of whom live below the poverty line.
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