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Canada Commits up to 62.5 Million Dollars to Support Palestinian refugees

The federal government announced on October 12 that Canada will provide up to $50 million over two years for Palestinian refugees through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and up to $12.5 million for Right to Play International.

Canada's Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau said "new funding will contribute to improving the lives and protecting the human dignity of millions of Palestinian refugees. This support will help to send hundreds of thousands of children to school, train teachers and support over a hundred health clinics. This new funding to UNRWA is urgently needed, and it will bring some predictability to the agency as the needs on the ground are increasing.”

Back in August, in a move celebrated by Netanyahu, the Trump administration announced its decision to completely cut the US funding to UNRWA. The UN agency UNRWA serves millions of Palestinian refugees and their dependents.

Canada has provided $110 million to UNRWA since 2016.

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