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Hundreds of Palestinians blocked a vital road near the entrance to Beirut to protest aid cuts by the U.N. and the new applied hospitalization system that will reduce medical services for the refugees.Voice of Lebanon radio reported that around 50 mini-buses were being used to transport refugees from Palestinian camps from the southern city of Sidon to Beirut in order for them to participate in the demonstration.Angry Palestinians have escalated their protests against the agency's verdict, forcing its offices in south and north Lebanon to shut down earlier this week.There are about 400,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon spread out across 12 official refugee camps.Under the new arrangement, which came into effect at the start of the new year, every Palestinian refugee receiving medical services or hospitalization through UNRWA must pay 5 percent of their bill at hospitals run by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society and 15 percent at government hospitals.
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