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UNRWA ability to perform mandate under threat — agency chief

"UNRWA has reached a breaking point," its Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said

DUBAI, February 24. /TASS/. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has reached a breaking point in its efforts, the Lebanon-based TV Channel Al Mayadeen reports, citing a statement of its Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini.

"It is with profound regret that I must now inform you that UNRWA has reached a breaking point," Lazzarini said.

"The Agency's ability to fulfill the mandate given through [UN] General Assembly Resolution 302 is now seriously threatened," he noted.

In late January, a number of countries, including the US, the UK, Germany and Canada, announced suspension of financing for the UNRWA amid suspicions of having ties with the Hamas radical Palestinian movement.