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  • 18:09 - 4 November 2019

UN agency for Palestinian refugees launches strike in Jordan

Thousands of workers with the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees have launched an open-ended strike in Jordan.

 UNRWA spokesman Amjad Obeid says the agency’s more than 6,000 workers began the strike on Sunday, paralyzing its schools, health care and garbage-collection services in refugee camps. He says classes were cancelled for some 120,000 students.

 The U.N. Relief and Works Agency, known as UNRWA, is dealing with a budget crunch after an unprecedented loss of all funding from the United States, its largest donor.

 Obeid says that workers are demanding raises of about $140 a month. He says the Jordanian government is trying to broker a settlement.

 The strike did not appear to affect the cash-strapped agency’s operations in the Palestinian territories or elsewhere in the region.

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