UN Palestinian refugee agency seeks donations as funding slips

Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA), gives a press conference in Gaza City, August 27, 2019. / AFP / MOHAMMED ABED

The head of a U.N. agency supporting Palestinian refugees, which is under a corruption investigation, said Tuesday it still needed $150 million in donations to keep it operating until the end of this year.

Pierre Krahenbuhl, commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, said Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium had suspended their contributions to the organization while the U.N. investigation - on whose findings he promised to act - was under way.

"Our [2019] budget for all UNRWA operations in Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon is $1.2 billion. At this moment we have a remaining shortfall of $150 million," Krahenbuhl said.