The Consultative Committee of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) discussed in its formal meeting today in Amman, services provided by the agency to 4.2 million refugees in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The meeting also touched on obstacles and challenges facing UNRWA, particularly with regard to its budget deficit, which stands at $100 million.

UNRWA's Commissioner-General Karen Abu Zeid expressed in a speech during the meeting, appreciation to the support that UNRWA receives from donor countries to improve the level of services provided to citizens.

She said the meeting comes at a critical time, noting in this regard to the difficult situation in the Palestinian lands in addition to the Israeli military blocs. "These all increased the financial burden on UNRWA, particularly that is began receiving aid requests from Palestinians after they stopped receiving their salaries from the Palestinian Authority," she added.

Heads of the delegations taking part in the meeting reviewed the position of their countries on improving the services provided by UNRWA.