BEIRUT: Residents of the northern Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp staged a sit-in Tuesday to protest the latest spending cuts by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
Organized by the Palestinian factions and the popular committees, the sit-in protested UNRWA’s decision to suspend its rental program and institute health care funding cuts.
The Palestinian factions and popular committees in the north also held a meeting to discuss the repercussions of UNRWA’s decisions, and called for canceling them.
A statement following the meeting described the measures as “unfair” and warned that “they will affect negatively the residents of the camp, especially the people with incurable and chronic diseases.”
Coverage of health care expenses was terminated as of the beginning of September, the statement noted. The Nahr al-Bared camp was destroyed in 2007 during battles between the Lebanese Army and Fatah al-Islam.