UNRWA provides photographic evidence that recent media reports of stolen ambulances are false

10 August 2009

10 August 2009

Jerusalem

On the record statement by Christopher Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson: "There have been a number of recent media reports, including in an Israeli newspaper and an Israeli radio station, that Hamas seized and stole three ambulances belonging to UNRWA. I have consistently denided this story and rejected it as part of a campaign of misinformation. This photograph clearly shows the Deputy Director of our Gaza office, Christer Nordal, standing in front of the three ambulances in the UNRWA compound in Gaza."

 

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. 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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