Terrorist groups are to blame for the suffering of the residents of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, US envoy Jason Greenblatt told the UN, adding that UNRWA has failed the Palestinian people.

On Wednesday, the United Nations Security Council held a special discussion on UNRWA, the United Nations agency that oversees the Palestinian refugees.

At the beginning of the discussion, Pierre Krähenbühl, the UNRWA representative, said the organization needs an additional $1.2 billion for its activities in 2019.

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, responded by saying that “UNRWA failed to rehabilitate the Gaza Strip and succeeded only in inciting violence against the State of Israel. UNRWA’s mandate must come to an end.”

Calling for change, Jason Greenblatt, US envoy to the Middle East, concurred that it’s time to face the reality that the UNRWA model has failed the Palestinian people.