Palestinian refugees in Lebanon protest against UNRWA
Published Tuesday 03/09/2013 (updated) 04/09/2013 14:52
BEIRUT (Ma'an) -- Palestinians in Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in Lebanon protested against the UN agency for Palestinian refugees on Tuesday for the second day in a row.
Political factions, commitees and organizations in the camp are on an open strike against "oppressive" procedures implemented by UNRWA, local leaders said.
Palestinians in the camp say UNRWA implemented a new policy on Sept. 1 which ended emergency healthcare for refugees, affecting people with chronic illnesses who will no longer be eligible for free treatment.
Atef Khalil, a local DFLP leader, said there is no choice for UNRWA but to overturn the new procedures.
There are 86 cancer patients, 29 dialysis patients, and 600 people who have other heart and nervous system diseases who need to receive medicine on a regular basis.
Strikes and protests will continue until UNRWA responds, Khalil said.