The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) fired 96 Palestinian engineers in the Gaza Strip, citing the effects of the siege of the coastal enclave imposed by the Israeli occupation.
Commenting on this issue, UNRWA explained that the engineers no longer have any work, as most of the agency’s construction projects have been halted due to the siege.
In response, the engineers have started a protest in front of UNRWA’s headquarters in central Gaza. They accused UNRWA of violating an agreement the agency had signed with the union of employees, and demanded for the 96 engineers to be re-employed.
“UNRWA was found to help Palestinians and find solutions for their different issues,” one sacked engineer said. He was holding a poster reading: “no for sacking engineers.”
According to the engineers, UNRWA should be able to employ them in other projects. They vowed to continue their sit in until they reach an agreement with UNRWA.
MEMO photographer: Mohamed Asad