The Slovenia Times

Government approves funds for UNRWA and Gaza aid

Slovenia dispatches material aid to Palestinian civilian population. Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

Slovenia will provide €500,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees and send €434,105 worth of material aid to the Palestinian civilian population, in line with a decision made by the government on 22 February.

The decision to continue financing UNRWA came as a response to the call for continued funding by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

UNRWA's lack of funds poses a risk for a total collapse of the humanitarian system in Gaza, as well as on the West Bank and in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, the government said.

In light of the allegations that some of UNRWA employees were involved in the attack on Israel by Hamas, the government expects the agency and the broader system of the UN will take appropriate action in the revision and investigation processes.

For the first time Slovenia will send material aid to the Palestinian civilian population, to be delivered by a Slovenian Armed Forces aircraft to a humanitarian organisation in Jordan.

The aid comes from the supplies of the Slovenian Armed Forces and the Civil Protection and Disaster Relief Administration and entails 10,560 dry daily rations, 2,500 blankets and 1,000 sleeping mats. Slovenian Caritas will donate powdered milk, while the Red Cross will donate diapers and baby food.

Seeing the shipment off on 23 February, Prime Minister Robert Golob said "Slovenia is stepping on the right side of history".


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