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UNRWA staff protests against low salaries, funding

Nov. 21, 2013 9:17 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 22, 2013 8:50 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The workers' union at the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in Gaza continued protests Thursday calling for salary increases, an UNRWA employee said.

Union members organized a protest outside of the UNRWA office Thursday, Secretary-General Yousef Hamdounah told Ma'an.

The protesters hope to improve the livelihoods of UNRWA workers, Hamdounah said.

He added that employees will leave work one hour early on Wednesday in protest of low salaries.

The workers' union additionally called on the UNRWA administration to pressure sponsors to increase aid to the Palestinian people, Hamdounah said.

UNRWA was founded in 1949 to serve refugees in Gaza, the West Bank and neighboring Arab countries after hundreds of thousands were displaced from Palestine when Israel was created. The agency's most recent mandate extends to June 30, 2014.
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