UNRWA suspends financial assistance to refugees in Gaza
|Thursday, November 20,2008 08:01|
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees has announced that it would be forced to suspend its financial assistance to refugees in the Gaza Strip due to the lack of Israeli currency in Gaza banks.
UNRWA said that financial assistance to 90,000 Palestinians would be halted because of the Israeli siege that stopped entry of Israeli shekels to the Palestinian banks in Gaza.
Karin Abu Zaid, the UNRWA commissioner general, told the agency"s annual meeting in Amman on Wednesday that her agency"s" basic services would suffer an 87 million dollars deficit, which would lead to an overall 160 million dollars deficit when other un-financed and suspended projects are added.