A Palestinian woman takes a bag of flour outside an aid distribution center run by UNRWA, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip Tuesday.
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The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees said Tuesday contributions by a number of countries have covered over half of its deficit – but Gazans are not optimistic about their future amid recent U.S. cuts. U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw financing for the agency, which provides social services, education and health care to 5 million registered Palestinian refugees, has left UNRWA with a shortfall of some $446 million. The United States had been supplying UNRWA with almost 30 percent of the agency's $1.2 billion budget, which cover the needs of refugees across the occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.In Gaza, where the unemployment rate among refugees stand at 47 percent, more than a 100 UNRWA employees were told that their contracts will not be renewed, while around 580 staff are being moved to part-time work.
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