Poverty leads to poor health among Palestine refugees, says report

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Palestine refugees across the Middle East are hit by non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer and smoking-related ailments — causing 80 percent of fatalities, says a new report by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Poverty and lack of access to healthy lives are the major reasons behind this, said Akihiro Seita, Director of Health at the UNRWA.

Amidst the rising protests, there are 12,000 people who have been injured since late March.

“Protecting and promoting the health of registered Palestine refugees, is at the heart of our mandate, enabling them to achieve the highest attainable level of health until a just and lasting resolution of the Palestine refugee issue is achieved,” said Dr Seita.

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