UNRWA shuts down food centers in Gaza after compound attack
A Palestinian woman works on a field in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on April 4, 2013. (AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED)
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UNRWA, the UN agency that runs relief services for the poorest Palestinians, has temporarily shut down its food distribution centers in Gaza after one of its compounds was stormed by angry protestors.
Demonstrators surrounded the compound on Thursday, after UNRWA decided to cut cash payments to some of Gaza's poorest families.
"We fully understand the impact the decision to suspend cash assistance had on some of our beneficiaries," Robert Turner, head of the agency's Gaza operations, said in a statement, before adding:
"When the administration of Unrwa asked the Palestinian security to intervene they arrived and stopped the chaos. We are asking Unrwa to rethink their decision," he said.