‘Extremely Concerned’: Japan Becomes Latest Country to Pause Funding to UNRWA


Japan on Sunday became the latest country to announced it has decided to suspend additional funding to the UNRWA, the UN agency for “Palestinian refugees”, as the agency conducts an investigation into an allegation that its staff was involved in Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel.

Japan is “extremely concerned about the alleged involvement of UNRWA staff members in the terror attack on Israel” and has been “strongly urging UNRWA to conduct the investigation in a prompt and complete manner”, the foreign ministry said in a statement quoted by Reuters.

Japan is the sixth biggest donor to the agency, according to the UNRWA’s 2022 data, noted the news agency.

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