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Aid To 430,000 Palestinian Refugees In Syria

UN Agency Provides Additional Aid To 430,000 Palestinian Refugees In Syria

New York, Jul 11 2005

The main United Nations agency helping Palestinian refugees has allocated $3 million for some 30 additional health and social services projects in Syria, bringing its total assistance for this year for nearly 430,000 Palestinians living there to $31.3 million.

That total excludes funding for special projects currently under implementation worth $19.4 million.

The money, contributed by various donors to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) General Fund, represents the first substantial funding for the Agency in Syria as a result of the launch of its Medium Term Plan.

Overall, the 55-year-old agency has been providing education, health care, social services, micro-credit and emergency relief to over 4 million Palestinian refugees living in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

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