The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) decided to suspend its decision to reduce medical services to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
AhlulBayt News Agency - The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) decided to suspend its decision to reduce medical services to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
The decision came in response to the Palestinian refugees’ protests that continued outside the UNRWA headquarters in Lebanon for 100 running days.
The Crisis Management Cell, a follow-up committee recently formed by Palestinian leaderships in Lebanon following UNRWA’ reduction decision, described the agency’s decision to suspend its aid cuts as “major achievement that was accomplished thanks to the popular protests in Palestinian camps.”
The cell hailed the efforts made by local popular committees and youths movements that played a major role in pressuring the UNRWA administration.
It also welcomed the dialogue scheduled to be held next Monday between Palestinian political leaders in Lebanon and the UNRWA’s administration under the auspices of the General Directorate of the Lebanese Security and Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag.
Along the same line, the crisis cell extended the suspension of the closure of UNRWA’s offices in Lebanon in order to provide an appropriate environment for the planned dialogue.
UNRWA Director in Lebanon Matthias Schmale’s entry to Palestinian refugee camps will remain banned unless his unfair decisions and measures against Palestinian refugees are canceled, according to the crisis cell’s statement.
UNRWA had earlier decided to reduce its aid allocated for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. The Palestinian refugee in Lebanon has to pay 20 percent of hospitalization costs in government, NGO, and private hospitals.
There are more than 480,000 Palestinians registered in Lebanon with UNRWA, most of them live in squalid conditions in 12 official refugee camps and facing a variety of legal restrictions, including on their employment.