Palestinians protest in front of the UNRWA offices in Beirut, Monday, June 15, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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All five main offices of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency were forcibly shut down Thursday by a committee of Palestinian factions, increasing pressure on the agency to reverse their recent health care adjustments. The agency has said that the move is hindering it from providing the full range of their services to Palestinians in Lebanon. A committee of Palestinian factions calling themselves the Crisis Cell has since mobilized its supporters to demonstrate against the agency. However, the group has recently taken more escalatory measures by routinely closing down the agency's offices in and outside the camps. Mohammad Shady, an official for Hamas, told The Daily Star that closing down UNRWA's offices were not deterring the agency from carrying out their services, insisting that their provisions were never sufficient to enable Palestinians to live a dignified life even before demonstrations erupted.Majd, a Palestinian civilian from Beirut's Shatila camp, pledged his support to the Crisis Cell group, though he admitted that closing down UNRWA's offices could prohibit people from accessing some of the agency's services.
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