UN seeks new funding pledges for Palestinian refugees

AP News
Posted: Jun 25, 2018 2:51 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is imploring member countries to fill a critical funding gap the Trump administration created by sharp cuts to a program that helps Palestinian refugees across the Middle East.

The U.N. is holding a pledging conference Monday to raise money for basic services for 5 million refugees in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

Nearly 2 million men, women and children in Gaza are experiencing shortages of water, electricity and medical care.

When the U.S. funding was frozen earlier this year, President Donald Trump tweeted that he saw no reason to spend so much American money in return for what he called "no appreciation or respect."

The U.N.'s Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees is spearheading the relief effort.