Syria: EU and Unrwa join forces for palestinian refugees

Agreement of 2.5 million euros for emergency shelters

25 February, 13:04

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, FEBRUARY 25 - A Contribution Agreement has been signed between the European Union and UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) for an amount of 2.5 million to provide Palestinian refugees from Syria with emergency shelter assistance.

According to the Enpi website (www.enpi-info.eu), this new funding brings to 43.5 million the EU funding allocated to Lebanon targeting the needs of Syrian refugees and Lebanese host communities.

Moreover, the European Union is currently planning with the Lebanese Government and UN agencies an additional contribution for Lebanon. ''This new measure also confirms the EU full support to UNRWA, and provides it with additional resources to assist the Palestine refugee community in Lebanon which has been uprooted twice,'' said Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon.

The contribution to Lebanon is part of a total amount of 7.5 million to UNRWA to assist the most vulnerable Palestine refugees in Syria and those refugees who have fled Syria to Lebanon. 5 million will assist UNRWA in Syria in providing alternative education modalities for conflict-affected children, maintaining inclusive microfinance outreach, and enhancing the security of UNRWA frontline staff to improve delivery of emergency services. The number of beneficiaries in Lebanon and Syria will total 80,000 refugees. (ANSAmed)
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