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UNRWA appeals for $90 million to aid Palestinians in crisis-hit Lebanon

A Palestinian worker from UNRWA (United Nations Relief and works Agency) sprays a van, carrying bread, as a precaution against the coronavirus, at the closed entrance of Jalil, or Galilee Palestinian refugee camp, in Baalbek, Lebanon, April 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
A Palestinian worker from UNRWA (United Nations Relief and works Agency) sprays a van, carrying bread, as a precaution against the coronavirus, at the closed entrance of Jalil, or Galilee Palestinian refugee camp, in Baalbek, Lebanon, April 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

A UN agency appeals to the international community to donate tens of millions of dollars to help improve living conditions for Palestinians in crisis-hit Lebanon.

The appeal by the agency for Palestinian refugees, or UNRWA, is asking for an additional $87.5 million to provide Palestinian refugees with cash assistance to the poorest, cover hospital expenses, as well as transportation for children so that they can go to school.

UNRWA says more than 210,000 Palestinian refugees are among the most vulnerable and that some basic commodities have become out of reach for many as Lebanon sinks deeper into the economic meltdown. It adds that more than 58% of Palestinian refugees here have reduced the numbers of meals they eat every day.

About 400,000 Palestinian refugees and their descendants mostly live in a dozen refugee camps in Lebanon, and an additional 27,000 fled from Syria over the past decade during its deadly civil war.

Palestinians in Lebanon are prohibited from working in professional jobs, have few legal protections and cannot own property.

UNRWA has faced repeated scandals and allegations of mismanagement by both Israel and other world bodies.

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