UNRWA expresses its concern over activities in its school today

02 November 2011

2 November 2011

UNRWA has become aware of unauthorized activities taking place in the Basic School for Boys No. 2 in Shufat camp today Wednesday 2 November, to mark the release of the Palestinian prisoners.

UNRWA expresses its concern over this event, and voices its protest since these activities run counter to the inviolability of United Nations premises and violate its principles of neutrality and impartiality.

In view of UNRWA’s concern over the safety of students enrolled in its school, it has been decided to release them by noon today as a preemptive measure against any unexpected incident.

UNRWA would like to clarify that it received no official request to use its premises nor did it give its permission to do so. UNRWA is doing its utmost to ensure that such an incident is avoided in the future, so that it serves the Palestine refugees in the most effective and appropriate manner.


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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.

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