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UNRWA closes West Bank offices amid protests
Published Wednesday 26/12/2012 (updated) 28/12/2012 12:55
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- UNRWA is closing three of its West Bank offices because protests are threatening the safety of its staff, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said Wednesday.

The UN Relief and Works Agency said in a statement that it was forced to close the offices after protests shifted from peaceful demonstrations to "illegal acts."

During protests, demonstrators stopped UN vehicles and their drivers, and one vehicle was chased away by protesters carrying stones. A female employee was treated badly by protesters, the agency said.

Protests have been held in refugee camps across the West Bank over UNRWA's decision not to renew the contracts of 114 employees due to budget cuts.

"UNRWA reiterates that the decision related to the 114 contracts was the best possible choice we had. We wanted to avoid harming our services as a result of budget limitations. As we made clear before, the safety of our properties and our employees is a red line," the agency said.

UNRWA asked the Palestinian Authority to put an end to the protests, which it said were disrupting operations.
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1 ) EE / UK
26/12/2012 20:20
It is time to close INRWA itself - once and for all.

2 ) ee/canada / canada
26/12/2012 22:41
I was wondring,is carrying stones is an illegal act??? and how can u treat a women badly?? what does it mean ? was she hurt or not??

3 ) JG / USA
27/12/2012 01:08
Dont complain. You were warned that if you went to the UN, the US will diminish its aid to UNRWA substantially. Live with it now! Any help coming from the bankrupt Iranians? I didn't think so.

4 ) F / Portugal
27/12/2012 10:31
Since the WB is now technically a "state" Shouldn't all UNRWA facilities be closed and all work stopped---- including Gaza? Where are the PA welfare and social service agencies of this newly created "state"?

5 ) Eric L / USA
27/12/2012 15:27
UNWRA-too little too late. Palestinians sure know how to cut their nose off to spite their face. Long overdue to close down UNWRA so Palestinian refugees stop being the pawns in the Arab war against Israel.

6 ) southparkbear / usa
27/12/2012 15:59
isn't there an international labor court? as a leading state member of the UN the PA should have its way

7 ) dan / holland
27/12/2012 17:35
close UNRWA ! waste of money

8 ) Gary Katz / US
27/12/2012 18:58
EE, perhaps you think they were carrying stones so other protesters wouldn't trip on them? You are obviously male, since you are wondering how a woman can be treated badly. It's pretty easy for a bunch of men to make a woman feel threatened. By asking whether "she (as if there was only one)" was hurt, it sounds like you would not think threatening women is a big deal. It is, especially when done by a mob.

9 ) RW / UK
27/12/2012 20:27
#2 - "I was wondring,is carrying stones is an illegal act??? " I wonder too if a rock could kill or not, maybe, if tried with a friend and let your friend post the result for me to know. Thanks.

10 ) Reader / from Edmonton
27/12/2012 21:30
Palestine, final borders beyond the armistice lines to be determined, is indeed a recognized state. It is currently under occupation by a violent, pernicious invader which illegally transports its citizens into Palestine. Many of its citizens are refugees fleeing their homes before the invader, and millions more await their return to Palestine after the invader leaves. These people are the legitimate concern of a world represented in the United Nations who created the UNRWA in 1949.

11 ) Reader / from Edmonton
27/12/2012 21:47
The United States diminishes its role in the United Nations at its own peril. An overwhelming number of nations do support the Palestinian statehood bid. Now those supporting the State of Palestine and all of its citizens both within and outside its borders are called on to encourage the banishment of the invader so its citizens can return to their land to live in peace and dignity. Now those who recognize democracy need to accept this majority UN decision.

12 ) Sympathetic13850 / USA
31/12/2012 01:07
It's an example of the telling of "The Camel and the Scorpion" story. In the region don't try to explain self interest. It's not a motivator.
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