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U.S. Gives Unrwa $7 Million More

The United States has provided another $7 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East, to meet the needs of a growing refugee population, the State Department announced Friday.

Richard Boucher, the department’s deputy spokesman, said this brings the U.S. contribution for 1990 up to $57 million to support UNRWA’s programs in education, vocational training, medical and relief services. The United States is the largest donor to the U.N. agency.

Boucher estimated the number of Palestinian refugees registered for UNRWA services at 2 million, but had no explanation for why the numbers had gone up.