A Palestinian man stands by a gate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) office during a protest calling for better living conditions for people, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip January 11, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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The Trump administration Tuesday cut tens of millions of dollars in money for Palestinian refugees, demanding that the U.N. agency responsible for the programs undertake a "fundamental re-examination," the State Department said.In a letter, the State Department notified the U.N. Relief and Works Agency that the U.S. is withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million funding installment to the body.The U.S. donated $355 million to UNRWA in 2016 and was set to make a similar contribution in this year; the first installment was to have sent this month. But after a highly critical Jan. 2 tweet from Trump on aid to the Palestinians, the State Department opted to wait for a formal policy decision before sending its first installment.
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