US agrees to donate $55 million for Palestinian refugees

The US agreed Wednesday to donate an additional $55 million to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA), the organization that provides aid to Palestinian refugees said. UNWRA provides health care, education, housing and humanitarian assistance to 4.7 million Palestinian refugees in the Middle East. The agency said on its Web site that the US made the announcement in Jordan during a meeting of a commission that deals with the group's financial needs. The contribution brings total US assistance to the organization in 2009 to $154.5 million. The agency was created in 1950 to help the Palestinian refugees who live in camps in the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.