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

20 July 2012

20 July 2012

In preparation for the upcoming month of Ramadan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated ten tonnes of dates to UNRWA for distribution to Palestine refugees living in Lebanon.

The food was 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 to Lebanon, His Excellency Mr. Ashraf Dabbour, Ambassador of Palestine to Lebanon, and Mr. Robert Hurt, the acting director of UNRWA affairs in Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia is a longstanding supporter of Palestine refugees in Lebanon, having pledged USD 35 million for the reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared camp in the north of the country. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was UNRWA‘s third-largest donor in 2011.

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For further information please contact UNRWA’s public information office in Lebanon:
Tel and fax: +961-1-840468 or by e-mail:

Background Information

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, and financial support has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, deepening poverty and conflict. As a result, the UNRWA General Fund, which supports core essential services and most staffing costs, operates with a large deficit. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large deficits, are funded through separate funding portals. 

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

For more information, please contact:

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