Families: UNRWA responsible for hunger striking employees
Published Saturday 25/01/2014 (updated) 26/01/2014 11:28
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The families of hunger striking employees of the UN agency for Palestine refugees said Saturday that UNRWA would be held responsible for any harm to the strikers' health.
Family dignitaries told Ma'an that they would "sue the UNRWA administration at all international levels" if necessary.
The hunger strikers' demands are "just," and they are supported by their families, the dignitaries said.
They urged the Palestinian Authority to pressure UNRWA to comply with the demands of the strikers.
A group of former UNRWA employees who were laid off at the end of 2013 have been on hunger strike for as many as 28 days, demanding their jobs back and a raise in salaries for Palestinian UNRWA workers.
In addition to the hunger strikers, Palestinian UNRWA employees have been on strike for nearly two months in protest of low salaries and UNRWA policies regarding employees who are detained by the Israeli military.
On Thursday, UNRWA's administration and unions met in an effort to end the strike, which has kept schools closed and severely limited provisions of basic services to Palestinian refugee camps.
UNRWA is the UN agency originally set up in 1949 to ensure relief and development for the Palestinian refugees expelled from what became the State of Israel in 1948.
Today, the agency provides health care, education, social services, and other forms of aid to nearly 5 million Palestinian refugees.