U.S-Biden administration to restore $235m in US aid to Palestinians

The United States Department of State declared on Wednesday allocation of $235 million to restart many programs aimed at providing economic, development and humanitarian assistance to Palestinian people.

$150 million of the total amount will be given to United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) as humanitarian assistance, including educational services. Funding UNRWA provides stability in the agency’s five fields of operation in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

“UNRWA could not be more pleased that once again we will partner with the United States to provide critical assistance to some of the most vulnerable refugees across the Middle East and fulfill our mandate to educate and provide primary health care to millions of refugees every day,” UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said in a statement.

Blinken said the US also plans to provide Palestinians with $75m in economic and development assistance for the occupied West Bank and Gaza, as well as $10m for peacebuilding programmes through the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

His statement added that Washington would resume “vital security assistance”, without going into further details.

“The United States is committed to advancing prosperity, security, and freedom for both Israelis and Palestinians in tangible ways in the immediate term, which is important in its own right, but also as a means to advance towards a negotiated two-state solution,” Blinken said.

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