UN: US gives $1.2 million to Palestinian refugees

August 24, 2009 16:19

The UN relief agency said that the United States has allocated $1.2 million in financial aid to Palestinian refugees coming from Iraq to Syria. According to the UN Relief and Work Agency - or UNRWA - $957,000 will be paid in cash to refugees and the rest would go for rebuilding a social development center in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus. UNRWA said in a statement Monday that the center caters to 135,700 Palestinian refugees. Palestinians in Iraq became a target for persecution after Saddam Hussein's regime fell in 2003. Hundreds were forced to flee to Syria. Syria is home to some 1.2 million Iraqi refugees and says their influx has strained its education, health and housing systems. The government has called for international assistance.

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