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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

UAE donates Dh258m in support of Palestinians 

Money will be split between an Islamic endowment programme in Jerusalem and educational programmes organised by UNRWA in Gaza

President Sheikh Khalifa ordered almost Dh260 million in aid to be donated in support Palestinians on Monday.

Dh74m will be allocated to the Islamic Waqf Support Programme in Jerusalem to preserve the Arab-Islamic identity of the city, state news agency, Wam reported. The remaining Dh184m will be dedicated to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees to support educational programmes in Gaza – where two Palestinians were shot and killed during protests on Monday.

The aid was announced after the Arab League met in Saudi Arabia last week to discuss US President Donald Trump's decision to relocate the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Last week, Saudi Arabia's King Salman opened the summit by condemning the move and announcing a Dh550.9m donation to maintain Islamic heritage in East Jerusalem. He also named the meeting the “Jerusalem Summit”.

"I name this summit in Dhahran the Jerusalem summit so that the entire world knows Palestine and its people remain at the heart of Arab concerns," he said, adding that "East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories."

Last month, representatives from UNRWA called for support at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition after Mr Trump said he would withhold more than half the US's funding commitment to the agency.

UNRWA currently provides education to more than 47,000 Palestine refugees, supplementing regular classes with psychosocial support and safety-awareness training.

The UAE has given Dh6.2 billion in aid to the Palestinian cause between 2012 and 2107.

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