The US Congress approves a budget to provide military aid to Israel and suspend funding UNRWA

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On Saturday, the US Congress approved a temporary budget proposal that approves the provision of new military aid to Israel and suspends funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) until March 2025.

The interim budget, expected to be signed by US President Joe Biden later Saturday, doesn’t allocate any funds to UNRWA for a full year, despite fears of famine in the Gaza Strip.

The interim budget, supported by both Democrats and Republicans, maintains increased military aid to Israel, preventing a government shutdown.

The interim budget allocates $3.8 billion in military aid to Israel from the US Department of Defense budget of $886 billion.

Another package worth $95 billion is pending, allocating $60 billion to Ukraine and $14 billion to Israel.

In the early hours of Saturday, the Senate approved a $1.2 trillion funding package after a last-minute consensus, thus preventing a possible partial government shutdown.

The package, which fully funds the government until next September, ends a months-long battle over spending.

The Senate approved the legislation by a vote of 74 to 24, and it will be sent to the president for his signature into law.

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