UN chief seeks urgent funding for Palestinian refugees

Residents of Syria's Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, gather to collect aid food at the adjacent Jazira neighborhood on February 13, 2015UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday raised alarm over a $100 million shortfall in funding for the UN aid agency for Palestinian refugees and called for urgent donations. Ban said in a statement that the UNRWA relief agency was "a pillar of stability" for five million Palestinian refugees at a time when the Middle East is in the throes of crises and suffering. Ban has personally spoken to several world leaders in the past weeks about the unprecedented funding crisis at UNRWA, his spokesman said.