BEHTLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An UNRWA worker from Deheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem was taken to the hospital after he fainted three days after launching a hunger strike in protest against the organization's policies towards its employees.
Khalil Abu Laban, who is one of four employees currently on strike against the UN Palestine refugee agency UNRWA, was taken to Beit Jala governmental hospital after fainting, another participant in the demonstration Jamal Jaber told Ma'an.
Abu Laban was diagnosed with acute gastritis and is in a stable condition, Jaber said.
Jaber added that the strike by UNRWA employees is in its 25th day, and began as a result of a conflict with the organization over salaries and positions within the organization.
The strike is also in protest of a decision to forbid anyone who was imprisoned in Israel to work for the UNRWA.
Large percentages of the Palestinian population have been detained with or without charge by Israeli occupation forces at some point in their lives, meaning that this prohibition excludes many people.
The hunger strike was started 4 days ago by Yusif Adawi, 50, who has remained in the protest tent in the camp since that time.
Adawi, a teacher at al-Duheisheh School, said he will continue the strike until UNRWA meets their demands.