Palestinian food aid threatened by ‘serious funding crisis’: UN

9 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

GENEVA: The UN warned Wednesday that its agencies providing food assistance to Gaza must raise tens of millions of dollars within weeks to avoid significant aid cuts, reports AFP.

The UN’s World Food Programme and its agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, currently provide food assistance to more than one million people in Gaza.

But the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, Jamie McGoldrick, warned that the agencies were facing “a serious funding crisis.”

They needed to raise money fast to be able to make a looming order for the food needed for the remainder of the year, he told journalists in Geneva.

“We envisage that if WFP and UNRWA don’t get around 40 million dollars by the end of May - beginning of June, they will not be able to order the pipeline,” he said.