US ends all funding for UN's Palestine refugee agency UNRWA

Palestinian officials have sharply criticised a US decision to halt funding to the United Nations' agency assisting Palestine refugees across the Middle East, calling it a "flagrant assault" against Palestinian people.

The move came a week after the US announced that it was also cutting more than £150m in economic aid to Palestinians.

"The consecutive American decisions represent a flagrant assault against the Palestinian people and a defiance of UN resolutions," Palestinian Authority spokesperson Nabil Abu Rdainah told Reuters news agency on Friday.

"Such a punishment will not succeed to change the fact that the United States no longer has a role in the region and that it is not a part of the solution."