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Gallery: US aid cut to UN Palestinian refugee agency

UNRWA, established in 1949, was already facing financial crisis after Trump announced a $300 million funding freeze in January. The agency, which helps more than five million registered Palestinian refugees, says it now faces major closures to its network of schools and health centres.

Gallery: US aid cut to UN Palestinian refugee agency
Palestinian school girls pose for a picture near a UN Relief and Works Agency's (UNRWA) tractor in the Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, on September 1, 2018. The United States announced it was halting funding for the United Nations' agency for Palestinian refugees after declaring the organisation was 'irredeemably flawed. Washington has long been the UN Relief and Works Agency's (UNRWA) largest donor but is 'no longer willing to shoulder the very disproportionate share of the burden,' State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
Gallery: US aid cut to UN Palestinian refugee agency
A Palestinian refugee child eats pumpkin seeds at the Al-Shati refugee camp, in Gaza City on September 1, 2018.
Gallery: US aid cut to UN Palestinian refugee agency
Palestinian men collect aid food at a United Nations' compound in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on September 1, 2018. The United States announced it was halting funding for the United Nations' agency for Palestinian refugees after declaring the organisation was 'irredeemably flawed. Washington has long been the UN Relief and Works Agency's (UNRWA) largest donor but is 'no longer willing to shoulder the very disproportionate share of the burden,' State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
Gallery: US aid cut to UN Palestinian refugee agency
A Palestinian man carries a sack of flour inside an United Nations' compound after receiving food supplies at the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on September 1, 2018. The United States announced it was halting funding for the United Nations' agency for Palestinian refugees after declaring the organisation was 'irredeemably flawed. Washington has long been the UN Relief and Works Agency's (UNRWA) largest donor but is 'no longer willing to shoulder the very disproportionate share of the burden,' State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
Gallery: US aid cut to UN Palestinian refugee agency
A man rides his scooter in a street in the Shatila Palestinian refugee camp, on the southern outskirts of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on September 1, 2018. Palestinians reacted angrily today to a US decision to end all funding for the UN agency that assists millions of refugees, seeing it as a new policy shift aimed at undermining their cause.
Gallery: US aid cut to UN Palestinian refugee agency
A young man works at a bakery in the Shatila Palestinian refugee camp, on the southern outskirts of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on September 1, 2018. Palestinians reacted angrily today to a US decision to end all funding for the UN agency that assists millions of refugees, seeing it as a new policy shift aimed at undermining their cause.
Gallery: US aid cut to UN Palestinian refugee agency
A street vendor sells fruits in the Shatila Palestinian refugee camp, on the southern outskirts of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on September 1, 2018. Palestinians reacted angrily today to a US decision to end all funding for the UN agency that assists millions of refugees, seeing it as a new policy shift aimed at undermining their cause.
Gallery: US aid cut to UN Palestinian refugee agency
Palestinian refugee children play in a street of the Al-Shati refugee camp, in Gaza City on September 1, 2018.