Madrid, 5 February 2024 (TDI): Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares announced Spain’s commitment to provide an additional contribution of 3.5 million euros ($3.8 million). In response to the critical financial situation faced by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
“UNRWA’s situation is desperate and there is a serious risk that its humanitarian activities will be paralysed in Gaza within a few weeks,” Albares told the lawmakers.
This generous donation comes after major donors like the US and Germany suspended funding due to allegations of employee involvement in recent attacks in Israel. This has put UNRWA’s vital humanitarian activities in Gaza at risk of imminent paralysis.
The suspension of funding by key contributors has left UNRWA in a precarious position. Which has prompted concerns about the potential paralysis of its humanitarian activities in Gaza within a few weeks. This situation has escalated the urgency for immediate intervention.
Spain has been actively supporting UNRWA, contributing 18.5 million euros directly in 2023. However, this includes a significant allocation of 10 million euros approved in December. This reflects Spain’s commitment to tripling development and humanitarian aid to the Palestinian territories.
Amidst the crisis, Portugal, has also demonstrated solidarity by announcing additional aid to UNRWA amounting to one million euros.
Moreover, the Foreign Minister Joao Cravinho emphasized the importance of not turning away from the Palestinian population.
Joao Cravinho, the foreign minister of Portugal said, ” Not to turn our backs on the Palestinian population at this difficult time.”
The combined efforts of Spain and Portugal underscore the significance of immediate financial assistance to prevent the potential collapse of UNRWA’s vital humanitarian initiatives in Gaza.