Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. © Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS
The Follow-Up Committee of Displaced Palestinians in Lebanon’s central and western AlBekaa region, have urged the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the Palestinian factions, and the national and international humanitarian institutions to seriously work on securing the refugees’ access to life-saving healthcare services and socio-economic assistance in Lebanon.
The committee said Palestinian refugees continue to struggle for survival in the Lebanese territories. The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has made their humanitarian situation quite more calamitous.
The refugees’ vulnerability is further exacerbated by the absence of medical assistance and humanitarian aid.
The committee leveled heavy criticism at UNRWA for failing to live up to its responsibilities in light of such a critical situation, saying urgent efforts should be made by the Agency in order to enhance the refugees humanitarian condition amid a full lockdown imposed across the Lebanese territories to prevent further coronavirus contaminations.
It further called on UNRWA to reach out to higher-ranking UN stakeholders and international relief bodies so as to boost funding for the Palestine refugee community at a time when the virus continues to claim the lives of thousands of vulnerable people around the globe.