A woman walks out of the UNRWA clinic in Burj al-Barajneh refugee camp in Beirut, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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After raising only a fifth of its $500 million emergency appeal to the international community Thursday evening, the future for the struggling United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees looks bleak.Leaders of the three countries discussed UNRWA's ongoing financial crisis, with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in attendance. According to UNRWA officials, the agency is currently dealing with a $446 million cumulative deficit. The fundraising campaign aimed to preserve the services offered to Palestinian refugees at reduced or no cost, but UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl announced Thursday evening that just $100 million had been donated by the international community – including a $30 million from the U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund in exceptional combined rapid response grants and loan allocations.The aid will be used to provide services and assistance to Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem.
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