Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said withholding crucial aid funding to Palestine will make the humanitarian crisis worse.
The MEP was speaking after the US’s decision to withhold more than half of a tranche of funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) an agency supporting Palestinian refugees.
Marina Anderson said:
“The decision to withhold more than half of a tranche of funding for an agency supporting Palestinian refugees is deplorable.
“This decision will have a devastating impact on the lives of many Palestinian refugees as the agency could be forced to cut health care, education and social services.
“This will only make the growing humanitarian crisis in Palestine even worse.
“The international community, including the US, should stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, they have a responsibility to protect the rights of the Palestinian refugees and provide them with essential services.” ENDS/CRÍOCH