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Australia provides $500,000 for emergency relief for Palestinians



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10 FEBRUARY 1991

AUSTRALIA PROVIDES $500,000 FOR EMERGENCY RELIEF FOR PALESTINIANS

Australia will provide $500,000 for emergency assistance for Palestinians, the Minister for Trade and Overseas Development, Neal Blewett, announced today.

"This contribution is in response to the worsening plight of the Palestinians," Dr Blewett said.

"The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the ensuing conflict in the Gulf have cut remittances, a significant source of income for many Palestinian families.

"In addition, the prolonged curfew imposed by Israel in the Occupied Territories, although now partially lifted, has caused serious food shortages. An estimated 300,000 families have been affected."

The funds will be provided to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA.

UNRWA assists Palestinian refugees through the provision of education, health, relief and general services.

UNRWA's emergency program has been faced with a funding shortage for some time. The outbreak of the Gulf conflict has put even greater pressure on the agency's limited resources.

The funds for UNRWA are being provided as part of Australia's overseas development cooperation program, administered by the Australian International Development Assistance Bureau, AIDAB.

CANBERRA FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT ALI GILLIES, AIDAB PUBLIC INFORMATION ON (06) 276 4960

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