Saudi Arabia donates 15 tonnes of dates to Palestine refugees in Lebanon

06 July 2011

1 July 2011
Beirut

In line with its humanitarian efforts and continuous support to Palestine refugees, and on the occasion of the upcoming month of Ramadan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated 15 tonnes of dates to UNRWA for distribution to Palestine refugees living in Lebanon.

The dates were officially handed over at the Saudi Embassy in Beirut in the presence of His Excellency Mr Ali Awad Osseiri, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Lebanon, Mr Salvatore Lombardo, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon and Mr Mohmoud Al Assadi, the Charge‘ d‘affairs at the PLO representation in Lebanon.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had pledged US$ 25 million for the reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared camp in North Lebanon.

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Email: h.samra@unrwa.org

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$ 56 million.

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