Palestinians protest in front of UNRWA offices in Beirut, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Close to a thousand Palestinian refugees mobilized outside of UNRWA's headquarters Friday to demonstrate against a significant adjustment to health care provision. The new reforms require beneficiaries to pay a portion of their primary health costs, which UNRWA says will enable the agency to provide more expansive care for people who require specialized treatment. Palestinian factions have also endorsed the protests, even going so far as to say that the new health care plan represents a greater international plot to withdraw service provision to Palestinian refugees. A man who goes by the name of Abu Ali disagrees with UNRWA's official line and insists that the primary cause for his grievance is due to rampant corruption in the agency's administrative personal. He furthers added that high-level UNRWA employees are paid far too much money at the expense of the very people the agency is supposed to help. Palestinians in Lebanon are barred by law from working in over 25 professions in the country.
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