UN official warns of adverse impact on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon amid funding shortage

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  • Friday, 02 Oct 2020

BEIRUT, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Claudio Cordone, director of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Lebanon, warned on Thursday of the negative impact on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon due to a shortage of the UNRWA's funds.

"We will witness a disaster on all levels if we do not secure donations; the agency is offering as much services as possible but there are limited financial capabilities," Cordone was quoted by the National News Agency as saying during his visit to the Ain El Helwe camp.

Palestinian refugees urged Cordone to secure the necessary tools for online education, including electricity and Internet connection, to ensure its success, in addition to increasing financial support to help the refugees overcome the dire living condition in Lebanon.

Most Palestinian refugees live in 12 overcrowded camps across Lebanon, where the UNRWA is in charge of providing services such as education and healthcare, including paying for COVID-19 testing and treatment.

The UNRWA faced severe financial challenges in 2019 with a deficit of 50 million U.S. dollars, which will be added to this year's deficit, despite the increase in support by donor countries in November and December last year.

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