In response to allegations of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) employees' involvement in an attack on southern Israel on October 7th, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Finland have decided to temporarily suspend their funding to the agency.
These countries join others, including the United States, Australia, and Canada, in suspending financial support to UNRWA.
UNRWA was established to provide educational, healthcare, and humanitarian assistance to Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.
It plays a crucial role in providing aid during the ongoing conflict in the region.
Israel had accused 12 UNRWA employees of participating in the October 7th attack, prompting several nations to suspend their funding to the agency.
UNRWA initiated an investigation into the allegations and subsequently terminated the employment of several staff members.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry criticized what it described as an Israeli campaign against UNRWA.
The British Foreign Ministry stated that it would temporarily suspend funding to UNRWA pending a review of the allegations.
Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tania announced on the social media platform Ex that the Italian government had suspended funding to UNRWA following the "heinous attack on Israel on October 7th."
Finland also confirmed that it had suspended funding to the agency in response to the allegations.
The suspension of funding by these countries raises concerns about the future of UNRWA's operations and its ability to continue providing essential assistance to Palestinian refugees, particularly in Gaza, where over 2.3 million people rely on its support.