Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Gazans plan new round of protests against UNRWA cuts


Palestinian factions together with committees representing UNRWA employees on Monday agreed to ramp up protests against the embattled UN agency for Palestinian refugees, an official with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said.

Mahmoud Khalaf said that factions had agreed to stage a rally next Monday in front of the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza City, as well as a number of sit-in protests outside UNRWA offices and UNRWA-run schools in refugee camps across the Gaza Strip.

Khalaf described ongoing cuts to UNRWA's services as "unjust," and claimed that they were part of a plot to undermine the Palestinian refugees' right of return to land inside Israel from which they were expelled in 1948.

He said that "the alleged financial crisis in UNRWA" had been made up as a pretext to shut down the UN agency and forego the refugees' right of return.

UNRWA was established in 1948 to provide relief to more than 700,000 Palestinians who were violently expelled from what became the state of Israel. more

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