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European Union: UNRWA is a critical lifeline for millions of Palestinians

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, said that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) represents a critical lifeline for millions of Palestinians suffering from catastrophic hunger and disease outbreaks, calling for an independent investigation into the allegations about it that prompted A number of funding countries temporarily suspended their funding, stressing that stopping funding amounts to “collective punishment.”“.

Several countries have announced the suspension of their funding to UNRWA, threatening the sustainability of the vital and life-saving services that UNRWA provides to millions of refugees in its five areas of operations, especially the Gaza Strip..

The decisions of these countries came in response to Israeli allegations against 12 employees working for UNRWA“.

UNRWA warned that it may have to stop its services in the Gaza Strip at the end of this February, due to a number of countries suspending their aid to it..

UNRWA stated – in a statement – that the humanitarian crisis in the Strip is worsening, while the suspension of funding puts relief operations at risk, adding: “If funding remains suspended, we will likely be forced to stop our operations by the end of February.”

On the other hand, a number of Palestinian citizens were martyred, and others were injured, the majority of them women and children, on Sunday evening, as a result of continued Israeli raids on several areas in the Gaza Strip..

Medical and civil defense sources said that at least seven people were killed, and others were injured, as a result of an Israeli bombing that targeted a house in the Al-Hakar area in Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip..

Three others were martyred, as a result of being targeted by a drone between the Saraya and Aviation intersections in the center of Gaza City, while four were martyred in an Israeli raid on a house in the Al-Rimal neighborhood..

Israeli helicopters opened heavy fire east of the Bureij refugee camp in the middle of the Gaza Strip, while Al-Baraka Street in Deir Al-Balah witnessed Israeli bombing, and occupation aircraft also raided the vicinity of the Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Mosque in the Al-Sabra neighborhood in Gaza City..

For the 121st day, the Israeli occupation’s aggression against the Gaza Strip continues, by land, sea and air, leaving more than 27,365 martyrs, the majority of whom are women and children, in addition to 66,630 wounded, while more than 8,000 are still missing under the rubble and on the roads. In an infinite outcome.

In another context, the Palestinian resistance factions in the Gaza Strip reported, on Sunday evening, that their fighters were able – over the past days – to completely or partially destroy 43 Israeli military vehicles..

The factions confirmed – in a statement – that their fighters eliminated 15 Israeli soldiers from scratch, sniped an officer and a soldier, and killed and wounded dozens, in 17 different military missions..

She noted that the invading Israeli forces were targeted with missiles, anti-fortified devices, individuals, and machine guns, noting that a tunnel entrance was blown up in a number of Israeli soldiers, and 4 drones were seized..

The factions continued that their fighters attacked military concentrations with mortar shells on all fronts of the fighting, and directed an intense missile barrage towards “Tel Aviv” and its surroundings..

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