The Popular Committee for Refugees in the Beach Camp in Gaza City, today, Sunday, organized a protest against the implementation of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the unified food basket policy for all refugees.

Dozens of refugees gathered in front of the UNRWA Beach Camp supply center, west of Gaza City, carrying banners calling for a return to the food aid distribution system, according to classifications of extreme poverty, absolute poverty, and the yellow and white food basket.

The head of the committee, Nasr Ahmed, said that while our camps, the Gaza Strip and the whole world are witnessing the Corona pandemic, UNRWA comes to practice a policy of invading the rights of refugees and fighting them with their livelihood.

He pointed out that it directly affected life and the population, creating difficult economic and living conditions.
Ahmed explained that these policies come in an attempt by "UNRWA" to impose a fait accompli policy and impose a new system that it began applying to Palestinian refugees in the first round of 2021.

And he indicated that this new system will have negative repercussions on the refugee community in the Gaza camps, stressing that it will harm more than 770,000 refugees who are classified under the line of "extreme poverty."

He added, "This system provides for reducing the value of the food basket called (a yellow cabana) and withholding food aid for thousands of refugee families with limited fixed income."

Ahmed stated that UNRWA's use of this comprehensive application of criteria for entitlement to food aid for all and the unification of the coupon is rejected by the Department of Refugee Affairs, the Popular Committees and the refugee population.

And he indicated that all segments of society came today expressing their anger, rejection and denunciation of this new policy, stressing that what he called the "unfair application" of the UNRWA administration strikes against the wall with all the stops and the ongoing popular protests against the policy of reducing services provided to refugees.

He said, "Instead of dealing with it and increasing the services provided to refugees in all areas, UNRWA approved a set of cuts that included health, environment, education, reconstruction, relief and employment."

Ahmed called for stopping work on implementing the unified food basket for refugees in Gaza, and for a return to the system for distributing food aid according to classifications of extreme poverty and absolute poverty. As the ideal system for redressing the poorest segment.

He called for reforms in food aid and improving the service provided to refugees in terms of quantity, quality and quality, and the adoption of the international standard for the value of food aid, which is estimated at $ 35 per person every three months instead of $ 15.

Ahmed stressed the need to raise the emergency budget to cover the growing needs of refugees and new beneficiaries of the emergency food aid program, and not from the principle of sharing available resources that will be at the expense of the Palestinian refugee and the sustenance of his children.

He called for preparing a strategy to improve the quality of services and increase them to cover the new beneficiaries and the increasing needs resulting from the Corona pandemic, and to submit them to the UNRWA international donors conference to be held in the middle of this year. Let the international community shoulder its responsibilities towards the Palestinian refugees.

Ahmed called for securing the necessary financial resources to cover the needs of refugees in the Palestinian camps, especially food aid in accordance with international standards .