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France and Japan Join Countries Who Have Suspended Funding to UNRWA for Aid to Gaza

France and Japan have joined the growing list of countries which suspended funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) despite Gaza’s 2.3 million population suffering from high levels of hunger crises. 

The countries halted donations to the besieged Gaza Strip following the Israeli Regime’s accusation that twelve agency staffers were involved in the Oct. 7 Aqsa Flood Operation in the wake of ICJ initial ruling advising Israel to prevent acts of genocide. 

France revealed that it has not scheduled a new payment for the first half of 2024, emphasizing the need to assess the situation jointly with the United Nations and other major donors before deciding on further action.

The French Foreign Ministry called the accusations against UNRWA as “exceptionally serious,” while Japan’s Foreign Ministry was “extremely concerned about the alleged involvement of UNRWA staff members in the terror attack on Israel” and has been “strongly urging UNRWA to conduct the investigation in a prompt and complete manner.”

Back in November 2023, Japan had reportedly sent $65 million worth of aid to Gaza in a quest to curb the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the Israeli Regime.

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