UNRWA expresses its concern over activities in its school today

02 November 2011

2 November 2011
Jerusalem

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 confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall,  projected for 2016 to stand at US$ 96.5 million. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, 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 and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

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