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Palestinian Aid Group Still Short Of Goal After $100M Pledge

The U.S. cut its funding to the group by more than half in January.
Posted at 9:12 PM, Mar 15, 2018

Countries around the world have pledged money to the United Nations group that aids Palestinians, but the group is still far short of its goal. 

The U.S. announced in January it would cut more than half its funding to the group after President Donald Trump chided Palestinian leaders for not negotiating with Israel. The U.S. had been a major donor in the past, contributing nearly one-third of the group's total budget in 2016. 

Now, countries including Qatar, Canada, Switzerland, Turkey, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Mexico, Slovakia, India and France have pledged their support, amounting to $100 million. But the group still says it needs $350 million.

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees is one of the oldest and largest agencies providing aid to the Middle East. Ever since the war that led to the founding of Israel, the group has provided food, education, health care, social services and employment to the more than 5 million Palestinians throughout the region.