UNRWA spokesman lauds Saudi assistance to Palestinian refugees

July 8, 2010

The spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip, Adnan Abu Hasna, has praised the Kingdom’s continuing provision of humanitarian relief to the Palestinian people. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the most committed country in providing assistance to the UNRWA budget or emergency programs,” he said. “It has a long history in the Strip; many residential areas were built by contributions from the Kingdom, in addition to the assistance that is seen everywhere.”

Hasna noted that on July 1, Saudi Arabia became the first Arab donor country to chair the UNRWA’s Advisory Commission. “We hope for the best in the Saudi chairmanship,” he said, adding, that the Kingdom has a “significant role and influence in the Arab region, especially in urging Arab states to . . . pay the quota established by the Arab League and Arab summits to pay seven and a half percent of the UNRWA budget.”

Finally, Hasna thanked the Kingdom for its ongoing donations, including a recent contribution of 1,909 tons of flour and $1.9 million to support health centers in the West Bank and Gaza.