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Palestinian refugee schools to open on time despite US cuts - UN

Over 700 schools run by the United Nations for Palestinian refugee children are set to open on schedule despite US funding cuts, the UN said on Thursday. 

Over half a million children attend the schools, which are situated in sites across the Palestinian territories, as well as Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. 

Earlier this year the Trump administation announced it would be stopping hundreds of millions of dollars of funding to the UN. 

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) however warned that it was by no means "out of the woods". 

"I wish to be clear that UNRWA is by no stretch of the imagination out of the woods," the UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said. 

"We currently only have funding to run the agency's services until the end of September. We need a further $217 million to ensure that our schools not only open but can be run until the end of the year."