European Commission To Give 11 Million Euros To Palestinian Refugees

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By Maya Shwayder | October 6, 2012 6:51 AM EST

The European Commission announced on Friday that they will be donating 11 million euros ($14.3-million) to Palestinian refugees living in Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, via the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the East.

“[The EC] has been a strong supporter of humanitarian aid to Palestine refugees for over a decade,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi. “Their support for emergency programming across these fields of operation could not come at a more critical time.”

Six million euros will go to food aid in Gaza, 1.5 million to refugees in Syria, one million to food aid in Lebanon, and two million towards job-creation in the West Bank, the statement said.

The UNRWA is specifically mandated to provide aid to to the approximately five million Palestinians living in various parts of the Middle East.
The European Commission previously donated 8.75 and 1.2 million euros, respectively, for relief in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon.

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