UNRWA: Operations likely to shut down by end of Feb. without funding

A United Nations agency that provides humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees says it will most likely be forced to halt its operations by the end of this month if funding remains suspended.

Major donors to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or UNRWA, have paused additional funding following allegations that some staff members were involved in the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

The agency said in a statement on Thursday that 440 million dollars' worth of funding has been suspended.

Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini noted UNRWA "remains the largest aid organization in one of the most severe and complex humanitarian crises in the world."

He expressed a strong sense of crisis, saying the suspension of financial support will affect the agency's activities not only in the Gaza Strip, but across the Middle East as well.