Egypt Continues to Support UNRWA Despite US Allegations

Manar Eissa

During this crucial time when 10 countries have withdrawn their support for UNRWA, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry emphasized its vital role in providing humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza.

Shoukry expressed his rejection, stating that “it is unacceptable for some countries to suspend their funding for the agency’s activities at this sensitive time. Such actions appear to be a collective punishment against all of the agency’s approximately 30,000 employees and the Palestinian people, based on allegations related to the agency”.

The occupation Forces (Israel) and US has recently alleged several UNRWA staff were involved in Hamas’s attack on 7 October, leading several key donor countries to suspend their funding.

Shoukry added, “There must be an investigation into the allegations, not a pre-emptive condemnation,” Shoukry said, adding that the UNRWA has taken the proper measures to investigate the allegations”.

However, the Ten-Western countries that have stopped their funding to the UNRWA are the United States, Japan, Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

However, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees ‘Philippe Lazzarini expressed his anger regarding countries’ suspension, “It is shocking to see a suspension of funds to the agency in reaction to allegations against a small group of staff, especially given the immediate action that UNRWA took by terminating their contracts and asking for a transparent independent investigation.

Shouky ended his statement by expressing appreciation for Egypt’s vital role in providing aid to the Palestinians in Gaza.

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