United States support for Palestinian refugees
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC, February 27, 2004 – President George W. Bush on February 25, 2004 authorized the Department of State to use up to $20 million from the U.S. Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund to assist Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). This contribution is in response to the agency's $193 million 2004 emergency appeal to fund food, shelter, health, and other humanitarian needs of the over 1.5 million Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza. The United States is the largest bilateral donor to UNRWA. We encourage other donors to contribute urgently to this emergency appeal.