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Conflict Incident Report

UNRWA offices in Beirut, S. Lebanon forced to shut down

Date of incident: 
January 28, 2016
Death toll: 
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Palestinian Civilians/Refugees

Palestinian factions Thursday forced the closure of two offices for the U.N. Relief Works Agency in Beirut and south Lebanon to protest modifications to the agency's health care program.
The state-run National News Agency reported that a Palestinian delegation shut down UNRWA's office near Beirut's Cola intersection.
The agency’s office in the southern city of Sidon was also forced to close.
Hundreds of Palestinians blocked a vital road near the entrance to Beirut last week to protest aid cuts by the U.N. and the new applied hospitalization system that would reduce medical services for the refugees.
They have escalated their protests against the agency’s verdict.
The country director for UNRWA in Lebanon, Matthias Schmale, had clarified that the agency is not reducing its services, but merely implemented some amendments to expand coverage for tertiary health care which covers long term chronic issues and advanced medical conditions.

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.