After funding freezes, UNRWA chief says Palestinian refugee agency at ‘breaking point’

Illustrative: UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the UNRWA headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, December 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Illustrative: UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the UNRWA headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, December 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

UNITED NATIONS — The UN agency for Palestinian refugees warns it has reached a critical juncture as it struggles to cope with the war in Gaza.

“It is with profound regret that I must now inform you that UNRWA has reached a breaking point,” chief Philippe Lazzarini says, as donors freeze funding, Israel exerts pressure to dismantle the agency and humanitarian needs soar.

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