Press Release
Department of Public Information · News Coverage Service · New York

28 March 1996

Prepared by Central News

T H U R S D A Y H I G H L I G H T S (excerpts)


*UNRWA will provide temporary work to 2,550 unemployed Palestinians.
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Over the next five months, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) will provide temporary work to 2,550 unemployed Palestinians, both refugees and non-refugees. The Short-Term Emergency Employment Creation Project is part of the Agency's Peace Implementation Programme.

UNRWA says that through the programme, 1,300 to 1,500 individuals can be employed by the Agency and another 1,000 workers can be placed under municipalities and other bodies. Participants will earn a daily wage of $12, giving them a potential $312 monthly wage.

The short-term project is to help combat the socio-economic hardship created by the closure of Gaza from Israel. Gaza, along with the West Bank, was closed off from Israel on 25 February following the first of four bombings which left more than 60 people dead in Jerusalem, Ashkelon and Tel Aviv. Some two million Palestinians have been affected by the closures according to UNRWA. The Government of Norway has pledged $5 million to help the Agency launch the short-term project.

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