U.S. freezes more than half of aid funds to UN Palestinian refugee agency

WASHINGTON - The United States will withhold $65 million from a payment it was scheduled to transfer this month to the UN agency responsible for assisting Palestinian refugees and their descendants in the Middle East, a U.S. official said Tuesday. The U.S. will provide $60 million in aid, amounting to roughly half the planned sum of $125 million.

This payment is the first in a number of sums the U.S. is expected to give United Nations Relief and Works Agency in 2018. 

A U.S. official told Haaretz that, "Without the funds we are providing today, UNRWA operations were at risk of running out of funds and closing down. The funds provided by the United States will prevent that from happening for the immediate future."

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