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Jul 22, 2011

Blocked headquarters, the UN agency in Gaza threatens to Stop Operations

GAZA - A UN agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees threatened to halt activities in the Gaza Strip if the demonstrators did not stop interfering with his job, local media said.

Dozens of local residents in Gaza had been blocking the entrance to the headquarters of the Working Committee and the United Nations Assistance to Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) as they protested against the decision of the agency to cut some aid programs.

"If they continue to block the gate [at headquarters], we will start thinking to stop our activities in a week," said UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness, told local reporters on Thursday (21 / 7) evening.

Gunness said the protests were not responsible and does not make sense because the UN agency for Palestinian refugees continue to offer some basic support services such as health care and education, despite having a budget deficit of 35 million dollars.

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states. Radical movement Hamas, which controls Gaza, on Thursday to ignore the threat of UNRWA to suspend operations and ask the Palestinians to continue their sit-in at the headquarters of UNRWA.