US says 'fundamental changes' needed before UNRWA funding resumes

The U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Tuesday that Washington needs to see "fundamental changes" before its funding to UNRWA can resume following Israeli allegations that some agency staff were involved in the Oct. 7 attack by Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., welcomed the UN's decision to conduct an investigation and review of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. Earlier on Tuesday, the U.N. Security Council expressed concern about the "dire and rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation" in the Gaza Strip and urged all parties to work with senior Humanitarian and Reconstruction Coordinator for Gaza, Sigrid Kaag. (Reuters)

The statement by the 15-member council came after Kaag briefed the body behind closed doors for the first time since she was appointed about a month ago.

Kaag said there was no substitution for the humanitarian role of UNRWA, which runs schools, healthcare clinics and other services in Gaza, as well as distributing aid.

"There is no way that any organizatio
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