Qatar sends help to Gaza through UNRWA

08 August 2014
Qatar sends help to Gaza through UNRWA


The Government of Qatar has pledged $1 million to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) emergency assistance programme in the Gaza Strip. It has also chartered a cargo of food items and medical supplies for UNRWA to distribute in Gaza.

With support from the Jordan Hashemite Charitable Organization, the in kind assistance will be transferred from Amman to Gaza in the coming days. UNRWA will then truck the aid into Gaza for distribution to the thousands of displaced families in Gaza.

The UNRWA Director of Gaza Operations, Robert Turner, welcomed these contributions saying: "Even though we now have a temporary ceasefire the humanitarian needs have scarcely diminished. In particular these contributions will help UNRWA to continue to feed the many thousands who depend on the meals UNRWA is providing at our shelters. We are very grateful to Qatar. "

Qatar is an important partner of UNRWA. The Government of Qatar has been a generous supporter of UNRWA’s education and health programmes. 

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.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications
+972 (0)54 240 2659
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
+972 (0)54 216 8295
+972 (0)258 90724
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