Commissioner General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Pierre Krahenbuhl speaks during a press conference at the United Nations Information center in Cairo on September 10, 2018. / AFP / Khaled DESOUKI
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A U.N. agency that supports Palestinian refugees will target additional funding from Gulf states and European partners as it seeks to make up a $200 million shortfall caused by a U.S. aid cutoff, the agency's head said Monday.The growing refugee count was cited by Washington, UNRWA's biggest donor, in its decision late last month to withhold funding.The U.S. decision threatened UNRWA's provision of healthcare and emergency aid as well as education for 526,000 Palestinian refugee children -- though schools did recently open for the new year.The U.N. General Assembly had given UNRWA its mandate and approved the definition of Palestinian refugees, he noted.
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