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Belgium raises contribution to UNRWA

BRUSSELS, June 25 (KUNA) -- Belgian Minister for Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo, Monday announced an additional four million euro (USD 4.6 million) in humanitarian aid to UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for distributing humanitarian aid to more than 5 million Palestinian refugees in the Middle East.
This new support brings Belgian aid to the UNRWA to more than 11 million euro (USD 12.8 million) this year, he said in a statement today.
With this support, Belgium wants UNRWA schools to reopen their doors to more than half a million Palestinian children after the summer holidays.
"The right to quality education for every child is of crucial importance to Belgium. It is not an option to keep schools closed due to a lack of funding. With these additional funds, we hope that UNRWA can find a solution so that every Palestinian child in Gaza, the West bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, can go back to school in a few weeks," commented De Croo. (end) nk.msa