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  12/26/2012, Tevet 13, 5773

Protests Force UNRWA Offices Closed in PA Authority


Protests have forced the United Nations to close several of their offices in the Palestinian Authority assigned areas of Judea and Samaria, according to Maan News Agency. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, better known as UNRWA, said they suffered from violent acts recently and feared for the safety of their employees, reported Maan.
 
UNRWA said that budget cuts led them not to renew the contracts of 114 employees. Residents protested outside the offices against the decision. According to UNRWA officials, the protests eventually turned violent.
 
Founded in 1949, UNRWA, according to their website, "provides assistance, protection and advocacy for some 5 million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, pending a solution to their plight. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states."