Palestinians Pursue their Strike in Ain el-Hilweh


Palestinians refugees in the southern camp of Ain el-Hilweh are on an ongoing strike in protest against Lebanon's labour ministry cracking down on businesses employing foreign workers without a permit, media reports said on Thursday.

The National News Agency said the sub-security council of the South held a meeting at Sidon’s Grand Serail under the chairmanship of the Governor of the South, Mansour Daou and in the presence of leaders of judicial, military and security agencies to discuss the situation in Sidon in light of aggravating protests.

Ain el-Hilweh hosts the highest concentration of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Palestinian refugees protested last week in the streets of Beirut and in refugees camps, as well as the south and east of the country, against the labour ministry cracking down on businesses employing foreign workers without a permit.

Last month, the ministry gave companies a one-month deadline to acquire the necessary work permits.

After the grace period expired last week, it started inspections, closing down non-compliant establishments and issuing others with warnings.

Comments 3
Missing phillipo 25 July 2019, 11:15

So, they are on strike. Exactly who is it affecting? Only those inside the camp, i.e. themselves.
Therefore, let them continue.

Thumb s.o.s 26 July 2019, 12:06

Israel must integrate them if it wishes to survive on the long term. It took 2 centuries to expel the European invaders during the crusades. The situation was very similar, at times they were at war with neighboring Arabs, but at times they were also at peace. Israel may be improving its relations with the gulf nations, how long do you think this will last if the Palestinians aren’t integrated in the Israeli society with equal rights ? Eventually, the gulf rulers will be toppled, its only a matter of time actually. Playing the time card is a short term victory....

Missing arturo 25 July 2019, 21:17

People who are third generation born-in-Lebanon have reasonable arguments that they should be allowed to seek employment.