US to provide Palestine US$5 million to fight COVID-19


JERUSALEM  — The US announced Thursday that it will provide US$5 million to the Palestinian Authority to curb the spread of the COVID-19, Anadolu Agency reported.

“I’m very pleased the USA is providing $5M for Palestinian hospitals and households to meet immediate, life-saving needs in combating COVID-19,” US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said on Twitter.

The US had cut more than US$200 million in aid to Palestine following a review initiated by President Donald Trump in August 2018.

The Trump administration also cut financial aid for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) the same year.

The US had been UNRWA’s largest contributor by far, providing it US$350 million annually — roughly a quarter of its overall budget.

Established in 1949, UNRWA provides critical aid to Palestinian refugees in the blockaded Gaza Strip, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.