Germany to resume working with UNRWA following review

Germany has followed the footsteps of several other Western donors to resume support to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees.

The decision Wednesday comes after a review found Israel had not yet provided evidence that hundreds of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) staff were members of Palestinian resistance groups.

Israel alleged in January that some UNRWA employees may have participated in the Oct. 7 Hamas incursion that triggered the war in the Gaza Strip.

In the weeks that followed, numerous donor states, including Germany, suspended or paused some $450 million in funding.

Many, including Sweden, Canada and Japan had since resumed funding.

Following the independent review’s release on Monday, Germany – Europe’s biggest economy, and a major donor to UNRWA – said it would also “continue its cooperation” with the agency again.

“Germany will coordinate closely with its closest international partners to disburse further funds,” said the German foreign and development ministries in a joint statement.

Germany said it was aiming to support “UNRWA’s vital and currently irreplaceable role in providing for the people in Gaza.”

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