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The decision by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to stop funding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East has politicized humanitarian aid, threatens to add yet more fuel to one of the world's most combustible conflicts and jeopardizes the futures of a half-million Palestinian children and young people.Today, nearly 2 million refugees receive emergency food and cash assistance from the organization, and each year millions use the 143 UNRWA-run health clinics.UNRWA runs nearly 700 schools, serving more students than any other U.N. organization. Some 75 percent of the population of the Gaza Strip receives some form of UNRWA assistance, and 60 percent of Gaza's children from first to ninth grade attend UNRWA schools.Though UNRWA has more than 100 donors, almost a quarter of its total budget – nearly $400 million annually – previously came from the U.S. In fact, for nearly 70 years the U.S. has been UNRWA's most generous and reliable donor, with both Republican and Democratic administrations recognizing the organization's value.
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