UNRWA commissioner-general Pierre Krahenbuhl urges donors to fulfill pledges quickly so schools can open on time [Nasser Nasser/AP Photo]

United Nations – The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has raised $110m in funding pledges, helping to plug a budget gap that remains after the United States cut its 2019 contributions to zero.

Pierre Krahenbuhl, commissioner-general of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said on Tuesday it still needs more cash to meet its annual budget of $1.2bn.

“Its a very good amount, but we clearly need more money. We’re not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination,” Krahenbuhl told reporters following the event at UN headquarters in New York.

Krahenbuhl thanked donors

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