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Israeli airstrike on UN facility in Gaza draws reaction from US

10:59 PM | 14 Mar, 2024
John Kirby
Source: US State Department

As Israeli occupation force continue relentless airstrikes in occupied Palestinian territories, the White House on Thursday called for a swift and thorough investigation into an Israeli airstrike on a UN food distribution facility in Gaza.

Although the Israeli authorities claimed the airstrike killed a Hamas commander, Palestinian health officials said it killed four more people, including a UN worker.

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby told reporters the United States was very concerned about the strike and called for a swift investigation by Israel to ascertain what exactly happened.

In a related development, the European Union's top humanitarian aid official said he had seen no evidence from Israel to back its accusations against staff from the UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA). The EU said UNRWA should continue playing a "critical" role in Gaza.

UNRWA provides aid and services to Palestinian refugees in Gaza and across the region, but it has been in crisis since Israel accused a dozen of its staff of involvement in the Oct 7 Hamas attacks against Israel.

These Israeli accusations prompted the United States, UNRWA's biggest donor, and some others to pause funding, putting the agency's future in doubt.

A few days ago, the UNRWA chief expressed cautious optimism that some donors would soon return, though US officials said Washington's pause in funding might become permanent due to opposition in Congress.

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PKR rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 16 April forex rates

Pakistani currency gains momentum against all currencies on April 16, 2024 Tuesday. US dollar was being quoted at 277.9 for buying and 280.85 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 295 for buying and 298 for selling while British Pound stands at 345 for buying, and 349 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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