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Gaza refugees displaced by storm protest outside UNRWA
Published Wednesday 18/12/2013 (updated) 19/12/2013 13:51
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians from Gaza's Jabalia refugee camp on Wednesday demonstrated in front of UNRWA offices to demand that the UN agency repair their homes following a four-day storm which caused widespread damage in the coastal territory.

Thirty-five families from the refugee camp in northern Gaza are living in a UNRWA-run school because their homes were completely destroyed, while rainwater flooded dozens more homes in the camp causing major damage.

"UNRWA threatened to evacuate us, but we have no other place to go," one of the protesters told Ma'an.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine released a statement Wednesday urging UNRWA to support refugees affected by the winter storm.

Between 10,000 to 40,000 people in Gaza were forced to leave their homes following severe flooding.

UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness said that large regions of the Gaza Strip were a "disaster area" following the storm, with rescue operations severely hampered by electricity and fuel shortages as a result of the Israeli blockade.
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1 ) UncleBobsNephew / United Provinces of Canada
18/12/2013 15:17
Shouldn't these protestors be protesting to their own government to provide assistance? Shouldn't they say to Hamas stop preparing for a war it can't win and start looking after the people of Gaza? In other words, Gazans and Palestinians need to hold their own governments responsible for what needs to be done and stop looking to UNWRA and the outside world to continually pull their chestnuts out of the fire.

2 ) matt / usa
18/12/2013 16:44
You should protest in front of the hamas buildings

3 ) Maureen / Australia
18/12/2013 17:46
You cannot make this stuff up. It rained heavily, nu? It happens all over the world, the Bangladeshis do not make this fuss.

4 ) Mel's Mom / USA
18/12/2013 17:50
I know their game, they want to be relocated, to one of those beach fronted apartments in one of the gated Hamas communities, facing onto the Mediterranean Sea.

5 ) Guest / USA
18/12/2013 20:58
Please provide more info on the dams being opened! I know there are dams and that they've been opened before...but need more info about this instance.

6 ) Outlier / USA
19/12/2013 18:15
Time for them to solve their own problems. UNRWA should close.

7 ) Jim / USA
20/12/2013 12:01
No dams were opened anywhere. There are no dams between Israel and Gaza.

8 ) Outlier / USA
20/12/2013 18:28
(first comment spikes) Time for Palestinians to create their own future and UNRWA to close.
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