The U.S. State Department spokesperson, Matthew Miller, reaffirmed Washington's support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), highlighting its crucial role. However, he announced that new contributions to its operations in the Gaza Strip will be withheld.
"We strongly support the work carried out by UNRWA and believe it to be of utmost importance," Miller stated. He noted that the United States had provided $121 million to UNRWA but has suspended an additional $300 million pending the outcome of investigations into allegations linking the agency with Hamas.
Miller emphasized the need for the United Nations and UNRWA to ensure that similar incidents do not occur in the future.
This announcement comes in the wake of key donor countries, led by the United States, suspending their funding following Israeli claims of UNRWA staff involvement in a Hamas attack on Israel on October 7.
In a joint letter, nine humanitarian organizations warned that halting UNRWA's funding jeopardizes the lives of Palestinians in Gaza and the region. They stressed that this suspension affects life-saving aid for over two million civilians.