Austria Latest To Suspend Funding For Palestinian Aid, Despite UN Chief Urging Resumption Of Support

Austria on Monday became the latest country to suspend additional funding for the U.N.’s Palestinian relief agency, a day after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged countries to resume funding to help displaced people in Gaza who are desperately in need of assistance.

Austria’s foreign ministry issued a statement calling on the agency, known as UNRWA, and the United Nations to “conduct a comprehensive, swift and complete investigation into the allegations” that a dozen aid workers played a role in the October Hamas attack on Israel.

At least 10 other countries, which together account for about 60% of UNRWA’s funding, have suspended funding. Those countries include the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and Switzerland.


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