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Despite the optimism shown Monday by staff and students at the ceremony to celebrate the opening of UNRWA schools across Lebanon, the pressure under which the organization is operating was all too obvious.The decision to open the schools run by the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees was taken as recently as Aug. 16, Claudio Cordone, director of UNRWA affairs in Lebanon, told The Daily Star.The organization has funds for its operations in the occupied territories, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, only until the end of September. The organization now faces a $270 million budget deficit, after the United States recently announced a decision to withdraw all of its funding. Echoing comments made over the weekend in an open letter to Palestinian refugees by UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl, Cordone said that U.S. cuts to UNRWA funding and recent comments by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley – who said the issue of Palestinians' right of return should be "off the table" – amounted to "the politicization of a humanitarian organization".
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