UNRWA slams Israeli plans to close its Al-Quds (Jerusalem) office Published: Thu, 11-October-2018

UN refugee agency UNRWA on Tuesday warned against the seriousness of Israeli move to closed its offices in occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

In a statement issued Tuesday, UNRWA decried as “irresponsible” Israeli plans to close the agency’s offices in the occupied city.

“UNRWA is carrying out operations within the framework of the UN Charter and bilateral and multilateral agreements which are still valid as well as relevant resolutions of the UN General Assembly," UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness told Jordan’s Petra news agency.

He said the refugee agency has been authorized by the UN to provide protection and aid to Palestinian refugees in the occupied territories, including East Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

“Such messages by top elected figures in Israel are irresponsible and very serious,” he said.

Last week, Israel’s Al-Quds (Jerusalem) municipality announced plans to remove the UN agency from the occupied city.

According to Israeli Channel Two, U.S. President Donald Trump's recent decision to end financial aid to UNRWA has encouraged Israel to take move.

Source: Palestinian Information Center