Tuesday, 16 June 2015

UNRWA: worst financial crisis in 65 years

According to an official source, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is facing a financial crisis due to a widening gap between the needs of the agency and support from donor nations, reported US News.

Jordanian Minister of State of Media Affairs Mohammad Momani said at a UNRWA committee meeting that a widening gap between demand and supply was the reason for what is being called the worst financial crises that has ever faced UNRWA in its 65 year history.

According to Shanghai Daily, Momani added that Jordan was ‘deeply concerned’ over the crisis, and reminded the committee that Jordan hosted the largest number of Palestinian refugees in the world.

Kuwait yesterday donated $15 million to UNRWA in a ceremony held in New York yesterday.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said: “This welcome donation comes at a crucial time for UNRWA as developments in the region dramatically increase the needs of our refugees, many of whom are caught up in the civil war in Syria and who are living under blockade and occupation in Gaza and the West Bank.”

He added that there were ‘unprecedented pressures’ on the agency’s resources, and thanked the Emir and people of Kuwait for the ‘timely’ donation. more

Reports: Hamas' Abu Marzouq heads to Doha to discuss Gaza ceasefire

CAIRO (Ma’an) – Senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq left the Gaza Strip to Egypt via the Rafah crossing on Sunday for the Qatari capital Doha where he is scheduled to propose a long-term ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel, Egyptian officials say.

The officials say that Abu Marzouq traveled via Egypt with consent of the Egyptian national security department.

The same sources pointed out that Abu Marzouq met in Gaza recently with former Bulgarian foreign minister Nickolay Mladenov who serves as UN’s top Middle East envoy. The two, according to the Egyptian sources, have reached a long-term ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Islamic movement Hamas.

Abu Marzouq has traveled to Doha to discuss the agreement with Hamas chief in exile Khalid Mashal and add “final touches,” according to the sources.

“Both Hamas and Israel understand the importance of a ceasefire agreement so they can face the fundamentalist Salafi groups in the Gaza Strip which has recently announced support to IS,” an Egyptian official claimed. more