Protesting refugees close UNRWA offices

[ 18/06/2011 – 11:00 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian refugees closed UNRWA offices in Gaza and north of the West Bank on Saturday morning protesting the agency’s delay in implementing promises to build destroyed homes and to stop reducing services.

Iyad Barhoum, a member of the committee of owners of destroyed homes in Rafah and Khan Younis south of the Strip, said that they closed the UNRWA-run summer camps in both cities in protest at UNRWA’s delay of promises to start rebuilding their homes, which was supposed to take place last month.

He said that the affected citizens were adamant on not allowing reopening of those camps until UNRWA starts construction of their homes.

The Israeli occupation forces razed more than 2700 houses in Rafah since the Aqsa intifada in September 2000, which used to provide shelter for 3700 families, other than thousands others that were partially destroyed or sustained heavy damage.

In Nablus, popular committees organized more protests on Saturday against UNRWA for gradually slicing services extended to Palestinian refugees north of the West Bank.

The committees closed down UNRWA offices and blocked entry of its vehicles into refugee camps while pondering more protest steps if the agency did not reverse its policy.


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