U.S. FREEZES MORE THAN HALF OF AID TO U.N. AGENCY FOR PALESTINIAN REFUGEES
The State Department is withholding $65 million it planned to send to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, calling for reforms and for other nations to step up their support — especially those that criticize the Trump administration's positions regarding Palestinians and Israel.
The U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees in the Near East had stood to receive $125 million in U.S. funding. Instead, the State Department will send $60 million, money that State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Tuesday is meant "to sustain schools and health services to ensure that teachers and also health care providers can be paid their salaries."
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