Washington, DC (STL.News) Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken released the following statement:
The United States is pleased to announce that, working with Congress, we plan to restart U.S. economic, development, and humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people. This includes $75 million in economic and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza, $10 million for peacebuilding programs through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and $150 million in humanitarian assistance for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). We are also resuming vital security assistance programs. All assistance will be provided consistent with U.S. law. Economic assistance includes support for small and medium enterprises’ recovery from the effects of COVID-19; support for needy households to access basic human needs, such as food and clean water; and assistance for Palestinian civil society. A portion of this funding will support the East Jerusalem Hospital Network, as it continues to provide necessary and life-saving treatments to Palestinians. This funding is in addition to the $15 million in humanitarian assistance to address the COVID-19 pandemic and food insecurity the United States announced in March.
The United States is resuming support for UNRWA’s?services, including?education for over 500,000?Palestinian?boys and girls,?thereby?providing?hope and stability in?UNRWA’s five fields of operation in?Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.??Funding?to UNRWA?also provides?critical COVID-19?assistance, including?healthcare, medicine,?and medical supplies, as well as cash and food assistance to?families?severely impacted by COVID-19.?