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Homeless Palestinians protest UNRWA aid cuts in Gaza

Jan. 30, 2015 5:47 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 1, 2015 10:11 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinians displaced by Israel's military offensive during the summer on Friday demonstrated outside UNRWA's Gaza office to protest cuts made by the agency due to a shortfall in donor funding.

During a sit-in protest called for by Hamas, the mayor of Beit Hanoun, Muhammad al-Kafarneh, said that "manipulating the Gaza reconstruction process will result in an explosion by those whose homes were destroyed."

The mayor called on Palestinian political parties to exert pressure on the unity government to speed up reconstruction, which has been hindered by continued Israeli restrictions on building materials, a lack of donor funding, and internal discord.

On Tuesday, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, the largest service provider in the Gaza Strip, announced that it was forced to stop a cash assistance program for tens of thousands of Palestinians to make repairs to damaged and destroyed homes due to a lack of donor funding.

Over 96,000 homes were damaged or destroyed during Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip, which also killed over 2,000 people, the majority of whom were civilians.
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