The leaders of 21 humanitarian aid groups wrote to the Trump administration on Wednesday to object “in the strongest terms” to a decision to withhold $65 million in planned U.S. contributions to the United Nations agency that serves Palestinian refugees.
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees warned on Wednesday it faced its worst funding crisis ever after the White House froze tens of millions of dollars in contributions, a move Palestinian leaders decried as cruel and blatantly biased.
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has given the United Nations permission to resume flights of aid workers to the country’s capital on Saturday, but not to dock ships loaded with wheat and medical supplies, a UN spokesman said.
With Iranian-Americans abroad unable to send money directly to Iran to aid those affected by this week's powerful earthquake that killed over 430 people, criticism of US sanctions on Iran flared up anew on Thursday.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi dismissed as untrue the rumors on a phone call between Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Iranian president about the UAE’s offer of aid to earthquake-affected people in western Iran.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif extended his gratitude for global expressions of sympathy and offers of assistance over the Sunday earthquake that killed at least 430 people in western provinces of Iran.