RAMALLAH, February 26 (JMCC) - Gaza refugee groups said Saturday that they would stage demonstrations to protest cuts by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, reports
The agency has been forced to cut programming to clinics and monetary support to refugee families due to budgetary shortfalls.
The committees said in different statements the sit-ins would be held in front of the food supply centers of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in six out of eight refugee camps in Gaza.
The sit-ins are in protest of UNRWA's arbitrary policy aims at stopping financial and material aid to many of our refugee (Palestinian) people here in camps in Palestine and there in camps in diaspora. The committees called on all Palestinians in Gaza to participate in the sit-ins, to remind UNRWA of its commitment to help the Palestinians who were forced out of their homes and lands by Israel in 1948.
During the sit-ins, the protesters will call for no starvation policy, no humiliation and give us our rights and return us to our lands and houses in line with UN resolution 194.
Gaza suffers from an Israeli-imposed blockade that prevents the movement of people and goods outside the territory and as many as 60 percent of its residents depend on aid to get by.