The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has pledged $15 million to aid in the reconstruction of the Jenin refugee camp, which suffered extensive damage during the most intense Israeli military operation in the occupied West Bank in nearly two decades.
The commitment of funds comes in response to the two-day offensive that left the camp’s narrow roads and alleyways destroyed. The operation, conducted to combat Palestinian militants following a series of attacks on Israelis, resulted in the displacement of thousands of residents. The fighting claimed the lives of twelve Palestinians and one Israeli soldier.
According to the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency, the allocated funds will be provided to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The financial support will be utilized to rebuild homes and businesses damaged in the operation. As well as to assist the agency in providing essential services to the affected population. UNRWA has faced challenges in securing the necessary funding to sustain its daily operations. Which cater to the needs of millions of people throughout the Middle East.
Devastation Revealed as Israeli Troops Withdraw
During Israel’s recent incursion, bulldozers were used to clear paths for the deployed soldiers, resulting in extensive destruction. On Wednesday, Israel withdrew its troops, revealing a scene of devastation. The densely populated area, housing around 24,000 people, saw roads torn apart, with piles of debris including broken asphalt, stones, and rocks scattered along the sides. Vehicles, some overturned, bore the marks of damage and scorching.
UNRWA reported that its own facilities, including a health centre with damaged windows and walls. As well as the road leading to one of its schools had also suffered. The organization has been grappling with financial constraints, as reflected in its recent donor conference where funding fell short of the $300 million required to sustain its operations. Pledges made by countries amounted to just $107 million, despite the United Nations chief warning that UNRWA was on the brink of financial collapse.
The contribution of the UAE toward rebuilding the Jenin refugee camp will play a crucial role in alleviating the hardships faced by its residents. Enabling them to rebuild their lives and communities in the aftermath of the destructive military operation.