Israel carries out deadly airstrikes amid Rafah attack

Austria said on Saturday it will restore funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) after suspending funds over allegations its staff were involved in the Hamas attacks on 7 October.

“After a thorough analysis of the action plan, we will release funds to Unrwa,” the Austrian foreign ministry said on Saturday.

The ministry says 3.4 million euros have been budgeted for 2024. The first payment is expected to be made in the summer. Part of the Austrian funds will be used to improve internal control mechanisms at UNRWA.

The decision came after Unrwa launched a plan to strengthen its internal reviews.

After Israel’s accusations, several countries, including the United States and Britain, paused their funding to UNRWA.

Since then, Countries including  Canada, Germany, Australia and Sweden have restored funding to the agency.

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