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UN food program to cut services to nearly 2 lakh Palestinians


Devdiscourse News Desk Jerusalem
Updated: 19-12-2018 21:15 IST
UN food program to cut services to nearly 2 lakh Palestinians

Raphael du Boispean, a WFP spokesman, attributed the crisis to the "recurrent problem" of declining donations. (Image Credit: Flicker)

The United Nations' World Food Program says it will be cutting services to nearly 200,000 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip due to a lack of funding.

The WFP said in a statement Wednesday it needs another USD 57 million to continue providing for 360,000 impoverished Palestinians in 2019.

Of those affected by the budget shortages, 27,000 Palestinians in the West Bank will lose food service, and another 166,000 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will receive reduced services.

Raphael du Boispean, a WFP spokesman, attributed the crisis to the "recurrent problem" of declining donations.

The Palestinians have faced major budget cuts this year after the United States slashed funding for the UN's Palestinian refugee program UNRWA and for USAID programs in the Palestinian territories.

(With inputs from agencies.)