US freezes funds for refugees

The US has frozen $US125 million ($F257m) in funding for a UN agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees, Axios news site reported on Friday, days after President Donald Trump threatened to withhold future aid payments to Palestinians.

The funding, a third of the annual US donation to the UN Relief and Works Agency, was supposed to be delivered by January but was frozen until the US Government finishes its review of aid to the Palestinian Authority, Axios reported, citing three unidentified Western diplomats.

Mr Trump said on Tuesday he would withhold money from the Palestinians, accusing them of being no longer willing to talk peace with Israel.

The US is the largest donor to the agency, with a pledge of about $370m as of 2016, according to UNRWA website.

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