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Spain steps up support for refugees in Palestine through contribution to UNWRA
17/12/2020

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, has spoken today with Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees. The minister announced to him an additional contribution of 5 million euros in 2020, allocated to support this agency, which manages more than 700 schools, attended by half a million pupils throughout the Middle East. UNRWA also provides healthcare in 143 primary health centres and manages nearly 50 social and training centres for women, as well as a similar number of community centres.


At present, UNRWA offers assistance and protection to 5 million Palestinian refugees who currently live in 58 camps in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, awaiting a solution to their status. Originally conceived of as a temporary organisation, UNRWA has adapted its programmes to cover the changing needs of refugees in recent decades.


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