UNRWA to cut financial aid of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

ARA News

Beirut, Lebanon –The Action Group for Palestinian community of Syria stated on Monday that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees UNRWA has cut its financial aid to Palestinian  refugees who escaped Syria and are currently based in Lebanon.

Based on information from the Action Group, UNRWA refused providing aid to Palestinian Syrian refugees in Lebanon, saying: “Starting next month, no financial aid will be available to them as aid conditions do not apply to them.”

“Assistance will be provided for vulnerable families only,” UNRWA said.

The UNRWA pointed out that compensatory criteria addressed only financial aid. While for health and education services, it would still be provided for each Palestinian Syrian refugee.

Many civic groups specializing in Palestinian Syrian refugee issues a call for protests before the UNRWA headquarters in Lebanon to comdemn the decision.

Palestinian Syrian refugees have considered such step as “irresponsible” and because it increases their sufferings and economical burdens.

Other reports have also talked about the difficult living conditions of Palestinian Syrian refugees in Lebanon that include not only aid but also the problems of residency renewal, as well as unemployment and high costs of living.


Reporting by: Hussam al-Zeer

Source: ARA News

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