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UNRWA schools in Lebanon defy funding cuts, open on time

United Nations schools for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are starting the new school year on time, despite the US decision to cancel funding to the international body’s Palestinian relief agency.

Students looked giddy as they arrived at the Haifa Intermediate School in Beirut’s Bir Hassan neighborhood and sat attentively through their first language, history, and math lessons of the year.

Claudio Cordone, director of UNRWA affairs in Lebanon, calls it a “joyful day,” and called on donor nations to fill the deficit left behind by the US decision announced Friday.

— AP

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