A Palestinian girl holds a placard that reads "the relief agency is for relief not slaughtering" during a protest against jobs termination by UNRWA inside its headquarters in Gaza City August 12, 2018.REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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The U.N. agency dealing with Palestinian refugees may not be able to open schools for half a million children because it has run out of money since the United States cut its funding, U.N. officials say."The actions that we are now seeing are consequences of the decision by the Trump administration to withhold $305 million for UNRWA this year, so whether it is political or not it has catastrophic implications and consequences for us on the ground," Gunness said.Palestinian families, children and teachers said they were worried about whether schools will open at the end of August.That conflict saw 700,000 Palestinians forced to leave their homes or flee. UNRWA now helps around 5 million Palestinian refugees, who include descendants of those displaced by the fighting nearly 70 years ago.
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