Scores of youths from the Jalazoun refugee camp blocked a
main road north of the de facto Palestinian capital of Ramallah
to vent their anger over a lack of services normally provided by
the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
"The trash here is piled up so high we can't even sleep at night
for the smell," said camp resident Madhi Ahmed, 20.
"The UNWRA strike has gone on for 35 days, and there are no
clinics, no jobs, no education. What hope is there for this
generation? We're being strangled little by little," he added.
A Palestinian labor union launched the strike at the beginning
of December to object to a salary review the agency was
conducting on its employees. UNRWA employs more than 5,000
Palestinians in the 19 camps for some 730,000 refugees it runs
in the West Bank.
The U.N. agency has said it is trying to end the strike but says
it does not have sufficient funds to meet the wage demands.
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