Gaza City (Palestine), Oct 2 (AP) The UN agency for Palestinian refugees is evacuating international staff in Gaza following mounting protests along the border. Also Read - Watch It to Believe It! This 8-Year-Old Israeli Girl Loves Swimming With Her 11-Foot Pet Python, The Internet is Scared

UN Relief and Works Agency’s operations director Matthias Schmale says Tuesday that nine international personnel occupying “non-essential jobs” are being temporarily moved to Jerusalem. Also Read - Coronavirus Second Wave: This Country Imposes Three-Week Nationwide Lockdown; Will India Follow Suit?

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The agency fired 113 Gaza staff on its emergency program and turned hundreds of positions into part-time jobs, triggering a series of protests and strikes.

Schmale, who remains in Gaza, said the management “can’t function properly” under the conditions.

UNRWA provided food and basic services to 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were forced from their homes in the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation.

Today, it serves 5 million refugees and their descendants, 1.3 million in Gaza alone. (AP) SMJ SMJ

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