Japan to resume funding of Palestinian aid organisation UNRWA

The Japanese government on Tuesday announced it would resume its funding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa said the country had planned to contribute 35 million dollars to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported.

Japan suspended its funding following Israeli allegations that a dozen UNRWA employees were involved in the terrorist acts committed by Hamas on Oct. 7, 2023.

The Israeli allegations led a number of Western countries, including major donors the U.S. and Germany, to suspend funding to UNRWA.

A panel of experts set up by the UN was carrying out an independent review into the agency.

Japan’s decision to resumed funding followed similar steps taken by the European Union, Sweden and Canada. (dpa/NAN)