Jerusalem24 – The head of the People’s Committee for Refugees in Khan Yunis Camp, Dr. Mazen Al-Sheikh, confirmed that the closure of all the offices of the heads of regions in the five governorates came today, Wednesday, as a message of protest against the rejection of the unified food basket distribution system.
In a statement , the Sheikh explained that the UNRWA decision came at a time of exacerbated humanitarian situation of the refugees in Gaza, where 68% of the population of the Gaza Strip suffers from food insecurity, and they are in dire need of increasing the aid, not reducing it.
The sheikh stressed that the measures taken by UNRWA under the allegations of the “financial crisis” are rejected by the Palestinian refugees, expressing the existence of a political background for the continuation of the cuts to the refugee file.
He added that UNRWA’s mission is now to intensify communication with donors to raise the emergency budget to cover the increasing needs of refugees and new beneficiaries of the emergency food aid program, not to recognize reality and adapt to the reduced budget, at the expense of refugees’ lives and their natural right to live in dignity.
Furthermore, The sheikh called on the UNRWA administration to respond to the demands of the UNRWA’s Arab Staff Union and to send day-to-day teachers in place of those who are on vacation in UNRWA schools, as there’s more than 600 vacancies for teachers, so that the educational process can be completed in light of the difficult conditions Palestinian refugees live in the Gaza Strip.