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UN Palestinian refugee agency says it is in funding ‘danger zone’

Philippe Lazzarini, center, Commissioner-General of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), talks during press conference af at the Balakhiya area in Shati refugee camp, Gaza Strip, on October 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Philippe Lazzarini, center, Commissioner-General of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), talks during press conference af at the Balakhiya area in Shati refugee camp, Gaza Strip, on October 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

The head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the body aiding Palestinian refugees, says it is facing a severe funding crunch that could impact its ability to deliver services.

“There is an erosion of our capacity to deliver and at a given point if we continue on this trajectory we will reach a situation where we will not be able anymore to fulfill our mandate… this a danger zone,” UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini tells Reuters in an interview.

Lazzarini says the agency is hit by spiraling costs due to the global economic crisis along with many donors prioritizing their resources for Ukraine.

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