OPEC Fund contributes $500,000 for Palestine refugees in Gaza

23 November 2012

The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has donated $500,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) in response to the Agency’s request for support for Palestine refugees in Gaza recovering from the recent violence.

The contribution will be used to help provide emergency food and medical supplies.

Welcoming this contribution, Mr. Filippo Grandi, UNRWA Commissioner-General, said that: “This is by no means the first time OFID has demonstrated its strong commitment to supporting the Palestinian People and backing UNRWA’s mandate to this end. Although a cease-fire is now in place this new pledge will be very helpful in our efforts to restore conditions to normal. Many refugees remain dependent on UNRWA for food and our medical supplies very much need replenishing after we transferred large quantities to the Gaza hospitals.”

The total amount sought by UNRWA in response to the recent crisis is $ 12.7m. This is for food, medical supplies, cash assistance, urgent repair of installations and refugee shelters, fuel, waste and rubble removal and staffing support to the Ministry of Health.