UN workers demand Palestinians stop threatening them

Monday, August 20, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) have demanded that Palestinian militants stop threatening them or the organization may have to cease its work in the Palestinian-controlled territories.

UNRWA was founded by the UN to aid so-called “Palestinian refugees,” but has increasingly found itself a tool of Palestinian terror groups.

Last week, a number of UNRWA workers were detained by militants in the Samarian town of Nablus for several hours apparently without explanation, reported the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency.

A day later, UNRWA officials sent a letter to the Palestinian Authority decrying efforts to drag the organization into the internal Palestinian conflict, and demanded that the government of Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas do more to protect its staff.

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