Spain will mobilize an urgent allocation of 3.5 million euros to continue the short-term activities of the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) after a dozen countries cut its funding due to the alleged involvement of a dozen of its terrorist employees. attack against Israel on October 7, as announced this Monday by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, before the Congressional Cooperation Commission.
Albares has already distanced himself last week from countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, and Japan, suspending aid to Palestinian refugees and ensuring that Spain will continue their relationship. with UNRWA. Now he went a step further and announced an emergency financial injection for the UN agency in the face of “the serious risk that its humanitarian activities in Gaza will be paralyzed for several weeks.”
Albares, who met on Friday with the Secretary General of UNRWA, Philippe Lazzarini, stressed that 1.2 million Palestinians depend on emergency aid “to eat” and that the situation of the UN agency is “desperate.” Although he expressed himself as “deeply concerned” about the allegations of collusion with Hamas by a dozen UNRWA employees, he emphasized that the UN “reacted quickly,” rejecting nine of them, and that Spain is closely following the investigation. that what happened was “clarified as soon as possible.” He emphasized, however, that UNRWA is helping almost 6 million Palestinians; three out of four are not in Gaza, as are six out of seven refugee camps, although it is in the Strip, where almost 70% are concentrated and dependent on UN aid to feed themselves.
The minister asked the opposition groups for their support for humanitarian aid in Gaza and emphasized that last year Spain doubled its economic support for the Palestinians to more than 51 million.