Youth protest UNRWA cuts in Sidon, Thursday, March 1, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Hundreds of uniformed students demonstrated in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp Thursday to protest against recent U.S. funding cuts to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees.On Jan. 16, U.S. President Donald Trump axed an earmarked contribution to the agency from $125 million to $65 million and suspended further funding.UNRWA announced its appeal for $500 million at the end of January after the U.S. decision to reduce funding.In Lebanon, the first funds to dry up are set to be those of the cash assistance project to Palestinian refugees from Syria. Palestinian children from Syria are so far guaranteed the completion of the school year, but enrollments in September 2018 are dependent on new funding.
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