NEW YORK, 11th November, 2015 (WAM) — Kuwait has pointed a finger at Israeli practices for the growing financial burdens on the UN Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East, UNRWA.

The growing, backbreaking financial burdens on the agency is the result of Israel’s actions, the Member of Kuwait’s Delegation to the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, Abdullah Al Khubaizi, said at the UN Fourth Committee (the Special Political and Decolonisation Committee) meeting.

He cited as an example the latest Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, which left over 2,000 people dead and 11,000 others injured and displaced a further 200,000.

He recalled that the devastating offensive had also pulverized the infrastructure and thousands of buildings, including schools, mosques and 118 UN buildings.

“Israel’s lack of respect for United Nations premises resulted in a number of deaths, including those of 11 UNWRA staff,” he said.

Al Khubaizi emphasised that the UN Security Council resolutions calling for an end to the chocking Israeli blockade on Gaza must be respected. He also criticised the Israeli usurpation of Palestinian land to build illegal settlements. The activities of the Israeli authorities and their settlement activities meant that such aggression was on the increase, he said.

He underlined that the international community must shoulder its responsibility to end the suffering of Palestinian refugees, and address the crimes “which are approaching war crimes” without double standards.

Al Khubaizi reiterated the call for all member states to continue to support UNRWA in the exercise of its mandate.

He said that Kuwait had recently contributed US$ 15 million in response to UNRWA’s appeal in relation to its threatened education programme, and pledged US$ 200 million over three years for the rebuilding of Gaza. Since UNRWA’s inception, Kuwait has donated over US$ 162 million to help it better serve Palestinian refugees.

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