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Jordan: UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees Launches Strike

Jordan: UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees Launches Strike

Sunday, 3 November, 2019 - 13:30
Students walk past a drawing depicting the sign of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) at Nuzha Girls School, in Amman, Jordan, 01 September 2019. EPA

Thousands of workers with the UN agency for Palestinian refugees have launched an open-ended strike in Jordan on Sunday.

UNRWA spokesman Amjad Obeid said the agency's more than 6,000 workers began the strike, paralyzing its schools, health care and garbage-collection services in refugee camps.

Classes were canceled for some 120,000 students, Obeid stressed.

The UN Relief and Works Agency, known as UNRWA, is dealing with a budget crunch after an unprecedented loss of all funding from the US, its largest donor, the Associated Press reported.

According to Obeid, workers are demanding raises of about $140 a month. He said the Jordanian government is trying to broker a settlement.

The strike did not appear to affect the cash-strapped agency's operations in the Palestinian territories or elsewhere in the region.

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