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Rasmieh Hussein depends on aid from the United Nations' agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) and on the generosity of her neighbors to pay a rent of LL250,000 (around $165) and buy food and medicines for herself and her son.She took her injured son to safety in Syria as war tore through Lebanon's Palestinian camps. UNRWA Monday issued an emergency appeal for $411 million to support Palestinians in Syria as well as those who have fled to neighboring Lebanon and Jordan. Out of that funding, $60 million would be used in Lebanon to respond to the needs of Palestinians from Syria, delineated as PRS by NGOs to distinguish them from Palestinians from Lebanon – PRL.According to Matthias Schmale, acting UNRWA Syria director, the lack of funds did not result in the same tensions in Syria as it did in Lebanon.In the case of Palestinian camps, the host community is itself made up of refugees competing for already limited resources. Some Palestinian refugees also lament the presence of NGOs explicitly targeting Syrian refugees and discriminating against Palestinians.
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