Palestinian schoolgirls queue at an UNRWA-run school, on the first day of a new school year, in Gaza City August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees Saturday criticized the United States' decision to cut their funding, saying the agency has a record of providing high-quality essential services to those in need.The U.S. has been the largest single contributor to UNRWA, supplying nearly 30 percent of the total budget of the agency, which provides health care, education and social services to the 5.4 million Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.Their statement came one day after the State Department announced that the Trump administration will be cutting nearly $300 million in planned funding for the U.N. agency, ending decades of support.
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