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After pausing funding to UNRWA, Canada will send another $40M in aid for Gaza

OTTAWA — Canada is sending another $40 million in aid to organizations that are helping Palestinians in Gaza after pausing funding to the UN’s relief agency in the region.

The funding will go to groups including the World Food Program, UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Canada suspended funding to UNRWA, the UN agency that supports Palestinians in Gaza, in response to allegations that its staff played a role in the Hamas attack in Israel on Oct. 7. 

That came after international outcry when the agency’s director fired staff members suspected of being involved in the attack.

The nature of their alleged involvement has not been made clear. 

Canada has committed $100 million to humanitarian aid in Gaza so far.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 30, 2024. 

The Canadian Press

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