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  • 05:49 - 3 December 2019

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon's camp demonstrate against worsening living conditions

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon's Ain El Hilweh camp on Monday urged the UN Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to adopt a temporary emergency plan to improve their livelihoods amid economic deterioration, the National News Agency reported.

 The refugees voiced their demands during a protest in the camp, asking the UNRWA to allocate 200 U.S. dollars monthly to each Palestinian family to prevent further worsening of their living conditions.

 They also asked the UN relief agency to find a way of funding its programs, such as by putting pressure on the Lebanese central bank and the local banks.

 The UNRWA has been facing tough financial conditions as the United States announced last year that it would no longer contribute to the agency.

 As a result, the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon have seen their living conditions worsening further amid Lebanon's economic slowdown, especially after the recent nationwide protests in the country.

 The UNRWA provides aid, mostly in the form of education, health care, food security and other essentials, to Palestinians registered as refugees in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

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