Palestinian protesters close UNRWA office in Lebanon

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Palestinians in the Beddawi refugee camp in northern Lebanon closed UNRWA’s office with chains in protest against the organisation after it stopped their health benefits.

Staff was prevented access to the building as protesters called for support “in order not to lose their rights”.

They said the building would remain closed indefinitely until their demands were met.

A meeting had been held yesterday in an attempt to resolve the issues, however no solution was found and the protest went ahead.

Home to more than 16,500 registered Palestinian refugees the Beddawi camp has one kindergarten and seven schools, including one secondary school. It also has one UNRWA run health centre.