A demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag during clashes with Israeli troops, near the border with Israel in the southern Gaza Strip January 19, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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The head of the United Nations agency for Palestinians said Friday the U.S. decision to freeze of tens of millions of dollars in aid resulted from diplomatic disputes rather than the agency's performance.Pierre Krahenbuhl, UNRWA's commissioner general, said the agency had not been informed by the United States of any new reform demands, and was "caught up" in a dispute between the Palestinian leadership and the U.S. administration.The U.S. gave around $700 million in support to the Palestinians last year, of which about half went to UNRWA, which has a non-political mandate to provide schooling, healthcare and other services to Palestinians across the Middle East.The United Nations General Assembly voted to condemn the U.S. decision on Jerusalem.
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