August 31, 2018 / 11:33 PM / 3 months ago

U.N. Palestinian refugees agency voices regret, surprise at U.S. halting funds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees said a U.S. decision on Friday to halt funding was disappointing and surprising, and rejected the U.S. assertion that its programs were irredeemably flawed.

“We reject in the strongest possible terms the criticism that UNRWA’s schools, health centres, and emergency assistance programs are ‘irredeemably flawed,’” Chris Gunness, a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, said in a series of Twitter posts.

Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Sandra Maler

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