Palestinian women take part in a protest in Gaza City on January 29, 2018 against the US move to freeze funding for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. / AFP / MOHAMMED ABED
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Schools, clinics and food distribution centers in the Gaza Strip were closed Monday due to a one-day strike by the 13,000 employees of the United Nations agency that serves the Palestinians.The Palestinian employees have been angered by a U.S. decision to cut its annual contribution towards the running of the United Nations' Relief and Welfare Agency (UNRWA), which runs 278 schools in Gaza attended by some 300,000 students.More than half of the two million people in the Gaza Strip are dependent on support from UNRWA and other humanitarian agencies.UNRWA was established by the U.N. General Assembly in 1949 after hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes in the 1948 war that followed the creation of the state of Israel.
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