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Japan contributes $6 million to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

April 5, 2019 3:14 P.M. (Updated: April 7, 2019 1:15 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Japanese embassy to Lebanon announced, on Thursday, that Japan contributed an additional $6 million in support of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

According to the Japanese embassy’s Facebook page, Japan’s ambassador to Lebanon, Matahiro Yamaguchi, announced that his country extended $5.5 million to UNRWA to mitigate the impact of the Syrian crisis on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon through the implementation of projects in the fields of healthcare, water and sanitation, and solid waste management.

Yamaguchi added that Japan also supported the agency with additional $580,000 to enhance medical services in UNRWA’s healthcare facilities.

Yamaguchi announced the contribution made during a ceremony organized by UNRWA at the Gefinor Rotana Hotel in Beirut with the presence of Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Dabbour and Director of UNRWA affairs in Lebanon, Claudio Cordone.

In his speech, Yamaguchi hoped that the new $6 million grant would help alleviate the suffering of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and reiterated his country’s support the emerging Palestinian generations to help them access basic services and realize their full potential despite all restrictions.

Dabbour thanked the Japanese government and people for their support for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon who were forced out from their homes by Israeli forces in 1948.

Dabbour also called upon the world to support the realization of the Palestinian people’s national right to self-determination, the right to establish their independent and sovereign state on the Palestinian territories occupied since June 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital, in addition to the Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their homes.

In addition, Cordone thanked the Japanese Government for its continuous support of the Palestinian refugees and for enabling UNRWA to continue to provide crucial assistance to vulnerable refugees.

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