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The Latest: US cuts funding in aid for Palestinian refugees

August 31, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. plans to cut funding for the U.N. Palestinian refugee agency (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

The Trump administration is cutting nearly $300 million in planned funding for the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees, ending decades of support.

The State Department announced in a written statement Friday that the United States “will no longer commit further funding to this irredeemably flawed operation.”

The U.S. supplies nearly 30 percent of the total budget of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which provides health care, education and social services to Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

The U.S. donated $355 million to the agency in 2016 and was set to make a similar contribution this year. In January the Trump administration released $60 million in funds but withheld a further $65 million it had been due to provide.

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2:30 p.m.

The Trump administration is preparing to cut nearly $300 million in planned funding for the U.N. Palestinian refugee agency, according to individuals familiar with the issue.

The U.S. supplies nearly 30 percent of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency’s total budget. The agency provides health care, education and social services to Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

The individuals familiar with the administration’s funding review say the final decision could be formalized in the coming days. They were not authorized to discuss the internal deliberations and requested anonymity.

— Susannah George and Matthew Lee.

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