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  • 09:01 - 2 July 2020

Lebanon's Palestinian refugees protest against U.S. 'Deal of the Century'

BEIRUT, (Drah-Agencies) -- 

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon protested on Wednesday against the U.S. Middle East peace plan, known as the "Deal of the Century," online independent newspaper Elnashra reported.

"This deal aims to eliminate the Palestinian cause and prevent Palestinians from returning to their homeland," the refugees said during protests in Beirut and south and north of Lebanon.

They assured that Palestinians will remain united to face the annexation of the West Bank by Israel, said Elnashra.

The Palestinian refugees also urged the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to increase their allowances to enable them to pay for shelter and food in addition to settling their legal conditions in the country.

The UNRWA has faced severe financial challenges in 2019 with a deficit valued at 50 million U.S. dollars which will be added to this year's deficit despite the increase in support by donor countries in November and December of last year.

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.

A study which Lebanese Palestinian Dialogue Committee released in 2017, showed that the total population of registered Palestinians in Lebanon stands at 174,422.

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