AMMAN, September 10, 2013 (WAFA) – Saudi Arabia contributed $10 million for Palestinian refugees from Syria, a press statement by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said on Tuesday.
The money, donated through the Saudi Fund for Development, came following an UNRWA appeal for financial assistance to help Palestinian refugees from Syria with food, cash and emergency relief, health and education services.
UNRWA said that over half of the 529,000 Palestine refugees in Syria are now displaced, either within Syria or to neighboring countries, including Lebanon and Jordan.
UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi welcomed the Saudi contribution and said that as a result of the conflict in Syria and the intensified fighting, the number of Palestine refugees displaced and destitute is growing by the day.
Saudi Arabia is one of the major UNRWA donors and has provided consistent support to the Agency’s work in health, education, and relief and social services.