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Italy promises 35 million euros in aid to the Palestinians

Italy promises 35 million euros in aid to the Palestinians

Italy will resume funding to the Palestinian aid organization UNRWA, offering a humanitarian aid package worth 35 million euros, Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said.

Tajani made this promise on May 25 during a meeting in Rome with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa.

The Italian chief diplomat said that 5 million euros will go to UNRWA projects, while the rest of the aid is intended for the Italian "Food for Gaza" initiative.

Italy is one of many countries that blocked aid to UNRWA, following accusations by Israel that some of the agency's staff were involved in the October 7 attack by Hamas, the Palestinian group designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the Union. European – committed against Israel, the attack that triggered the war in Gaza.

"Italy has decided to restart funding of specific projects intended to help Palestinian refugees, but only after strict controls guaranteeing that not a single cent will be used to support terrorism," Tajani said.

UNRWA employs 13,000 people in Gaza and runs the enclave's schools, primary health care clinics and other services. This organization also distributes humanitarian aid.

In recent weeks, several states have resumed funding this organization. Last month, Germany said it would resume UNRWA cooperation following a report, led by former French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, on UNRWA's procedures to ensure respect for the principles of neutrality./ REL

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