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on his mission to Lebanon.
FOOD AND WATER
25. ... The Special Rapporteur was also concerned to find that one of the vulnerable groups of people particularly badly affected were Palestinian refugees living in unregistered camps, or “gatherings”, who do not benefit from the services of UNRWA and do not have the same rights as Lebanese, in terms of inheritance, ownership or work. There are nine “gatherings” in the area of Tyre and nine in the Bekaa area, and the majority of the Palestinian families survive on casual agricultural work, and/or fishing, which have disappeared since the war, making it more difficult to feed their families. The Special Rapporteur visited two of these “gatherings” in the south: Jall al-Bahr and Wasta. A serious concern that has been raised is that the poorest agricultural labourers, including Palestinians, will also be most at risk from UXO as they will be too desperate not to accept work to clear the fields.
IV. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
(l) The Government of Lebanon, with UNRWA, should ensure that unregistered “gatherings” of Palestinians refugees are recognized as official camps and can be provided with all the basic services by the relevant authorities as well as by the Agency;