Official Statements

Bernadotte: His Legacy to Palestine Refugees
17 September 2013
Speech by Chris Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson, on behalf of the UNRWA Commissioner-General at an event in Jerusalem to commemorate the sixty-fifth anniversary of the death of Count Bernadotte Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, Allow me to begin with some words of apology and some of thanks. The Commissioner-...
Official Statements
26 August 2013
Statement by Chris Gunness UNRWA Spokesman Jerusalem 26 August 2013 UNRWA deeply regrets to confirm that one of its staff members, a 34-year-old father of four, was shot dead by Israeli forces and killed instantly in an operation in Kalandia refugee camp in the occupied West Bank at approximately seven o'clock this...
Official Statements
31 July 2013
Dear Colleagues, I am writing with an urgent sense of our collective need to better support refugees and colleagues in Syria. During my recent visit to Syria, I witnessed firsthand the immense suffering of Palestine refugees and Syrians alike. Palestine refugees already deeply affected by the lack of a durable...
Official Statements
22 August 2013
In recent days, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has been attacked after an Israeli film-maker released a film, “Camp Jihad,” alleging that UNRWA promoted anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in its 'summer camps’. These false accusations have been repeated in various media outlets. UNRWA has...
Official Statements
26 July 2013
UNRWA remains gravely concerned about the risks posed to Palestine refugee civilians in several camps in Damascus Governorate, particularly in Yarmouk, where ongoing armed conflict is reaching new peaks of intensity. To the south of Damascus city, several Palestine refugee camps and areas of residence have experienced...
Official Statements