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Conflict Incident Report

Palestinian camp strikes in protest of aid cuts

Date of incident: 
January 13, 2016
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Palestinian Civilians/Refugees

Schools and medical clinics closed Wednesday in a southern Palestinian refugee camp as part of a strike protesting aid cuts by Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA, a Palestinian source told The Daily Star. The strike in the Ain al-Hilweh camp in the southern city of Sidon comes one day after a 23-year-old man self-immolated outside a clinic in protest of the cuts in the southern Burj al-Shemali camp in Tyre. Palestinian refugees across Lebanon have been protesting UNRWA cuts for months, which the aid agency says are necessary due to financial difficulties. UNRWA began halting monthly payments for housing subsidies in July 2015 and cut down its monthly food stipend of $27 per person due to a massive budget shortfall.

Primary category: 
Collective Action [inc. protests, solidarity movements...]
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Policy conflicts
Conflicts associated with political decisions, government or state policies regarding matters of public concern, such as debates concerning law reforms, electoral laws, and protests of the government’s political decisions, among others.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Conflicts of socio-economic development
Conflicts associated with lack of, or gaps in economic development, opportunities and access to resources.