Palestinian Refugees in Jordan Denounce Delay in UNRWA Aid Delivery

Palestinian Refugees in Jordan Denounce Delay in UNRWA Aid Delivery

Elderly Palestinian women in Jordan’s AlAkaba refugee camp, near Amman. Photo credit: Reuters

Palestinian refugees in Jordan have denounced delays in aid delivery by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

The refugees said UNRWA officials have reneged on their promises to transfer the second and third batches of cash aid.

Displaced Palestinian refugees continue to urge UNRWA to provide them with much-needed cash and medical assistance in order to be able to combat the deadly pandemic COVID-19.

The refugees also called on UNRWA to secure their access to hygiene kit, including disinfectants, gloves, face masks, and medicines.

They further appealed to the Agency to shell out financial aid as their socio-economic situation has been exacerbated by the curfew and movement restrictions imposed in the kingdom.

UNRWA said Palestinian refugees in Jordan are highly vulnerable and hundreds of recorded refugees are members of female-headed households, which increases their vulnerability.

Palestinian refugees who have entered from conflict zones, including Syria, to Jordan irregularly are living under continuous risk of arrest, detention and potential for forced deportation. Their lack of legal status and corresponding protection risks in Jordan are a source of major concern.

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