UN agency for Palestinian refugees fundraises after US cuts

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Posted: Feb 09, 2018 1:48 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says it has embarked on a fund-raising campaign that will likely include a ministerial-level donors conference next month to fill the gap left by the Trump administration's sudden cut of tens of millions of dollars in funding.

Scott Anderson, the agency's West Bank operations director, said Friday the U.S. hasn't yet spelled out what reforms it is seeking to implement by withholding $65 million — or possibly millions more in the future.

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees was notified on Jan. 16 that the U.S. was withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million installment and demanding a "fundamental re-examination" and changes to its programs, which have been heavily criticized by Israel.