Statement on the shelling near Al-Fakhura school in Jabalia camp

08 January 2009

Over 40 Palestinians were killed and over 50 injured following shelling near an UNRWA school in Jabalia Camp on the afternoon of Tuesday 6 January 2009. Israel maintains that it was responding to rocket fire from Palestinian militants who were hiding inside the school compound.

Chris Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson

8 Jan 2009

"I have been authorised to say that in private briefings with diplomats, the Israeli army has admitted that the rockets from Jabalia (two days ago) came from outside the UNRWA school compound, not from inside it. Therefore the allegations against a neutral UN human development organization were entirely baseless. This increases pressure for an independent investigation. "

Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 68.2 million.

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