India on November 20 donated $2.5 million to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) as part of its annual contribution of $5 million for the year 2023-24 to support the agency’s core programmes and services, including education, healthcare, relief, and social services provided to Palestinian refugees, the Representative Office of India at Ramallah said.
The contribution was handed over by the Representative of India (ROI) to Palestine, Renu Yadav, to the Director of Partnerships, Department of External Relations of UNRWA, Karim Amer.
The ROI underlined India’s continued support for the agency’s activities in the region and the services it provides to Palestinian refugees during the handover ceremony at UNRWA’s field office in Jerusalem, an official press release said.
The UNRWA, functional since 1950, carries out direct relief and work programmes for registered Palestine refugees. It is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN Member States. The agency has been struggling to provide basic services to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians since the October 7 Israel-Hamas conflict, which has prompted more than two-thirds of the Gaza population to flee their homes.
On November 19, India delivered 32 tonnes of humanitarian assistance to the people of Palestine via the El-Arish Airport in Egypt.