A Palestinian man drives a truck of food aid provided by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees at the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on January 17, 2018./ AFP / SAID KHATIB
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The head of the United Nations agency for Palestinians said Friday the U.S. decision to freeze tens of millions of dollars in aid resulted from diplomatic disputes rather than the agency's performance.Pierre Krahenbuhl, the agency's commissioner general, said they had not been informed by the United States of any new reform demands and were "caught up" in the political dispute.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, health care and other services to more than 3 million Palestinians across the Middle East.The United Nations General Assembly voted to condemn the U.S. decision on Jerusalem.Krahenbuhl said the agency had received no communication from the United States about further necessary reforms in recent days.
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