Palestinians protest Trump aid cut in front of UNRWA offices in Ain al-Hilweh, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Representatives from Palestinian Popular Committees, civil organizations and students were joined by Abdel-Nasser al-Saadi, the director of UNRWA in Ain al-Hilweh, in front of his office as part of a protest organized by the Popular Committees.According to Saadi, UNRWA is now facing a budget deficit above $200 million as a result of the U.S. funding cut."UNRWA was founded to stay until the return [of Palestinian refugees] to Palestine, with an international decision signed in 1949," Shbaita said, referring to the U.N. General Assembly mandate.He said Trump's decision evaded the political responsibility of the U.S. as a party responsible for the plight of the Palestinians.The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees was founded after the 1948 War to serve some 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were uprooted from their homes.
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