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Lebanon: Palestinian refugees ask western countries for asylum at Beirut rally

Lebanon, Beirut
September 11, 2019 at 14:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

Palestinian refugees gathered on Martyrs' Square in Beirut on Wednesday to call on western countries to give them asylum due to worsening conditions in Lebanon's camps. The protest was organized by the Palestinian Youth Organization for‏ Humanitarian Relief in Lebanon and the Youth Movement for Palestinians in Syria and Lebanon.

"I haven't seen my son for six years. He died in Sweden and was not buried here [in Lebanon]. I only ask to travel in order to visit his grave, I don't want anything more, only to be given the permission to visit," said Wafaa, a Palestinian refugee.

"We Palestinians are continuously forced out of countries. We continuously get displaced from one country to another. What about creating another planet for us to live on our own, considering we are unwanted anywhere we go," said Maha, another Palestinian refugee.

Tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees are currently living in Lebanon with significant numbers housed in camps with no access to public services, limited employment opportunities and no ownership rights.

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Palestinian refugees gathered on Martyrs' Square in Beirut on Wednesday to call on western countries to give them asylum due to worsening conditions in Lebanon's camps. The protest was organized by the Palestinian Youth Organization for‏ Humanitarian Relief in Lebanon and the Youth Movement for Palestinians in Syria and Lebanon.

"I haven't seen my son for six years. He died in Sweden and was not buried here [in Lebanon]. I only ask to travel in order to visit his grave, I don't want anything more, only to be given the permission to visit," said Wafaa, a Palestinian refugee.

"We Palestinians are continuously forced out of countries. We continuously get displaced from one country to another. What about creating another planet for us to live on our own, considering we are unwanted anywhere we go," said Maha, another Palestinian refugee.

Tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees are currently living in Lebanon with significant numbers housed in camps with no access to public services, limited employment opportunities and no ownership rights.

W/S Protesters on Martyrs' Square, Beirut

M/S Flags of Palestine, Australia, the UK and the EU

M/S Protesters on Beirut's Martyrs' Square

M/S Protesters holding banners and chanting

M/S Protesters with placards and flags of Germany, France, Australia and the EU

C/U Placard: "We want to thank Lebanon for their hospitality for seventy-two years"

M/S Protesters with placards

SOT, Wafaa, Palestinian refugee (Arabic): "I haven't seen my son for six years. He died in Sweden and was not buried here [in Lebanon]. I am only asking to travel in order to visit his grave. I don't want anything else, only to be given the permission to visit."

M/S Protesters

M/S Protesters

SOT, Maha, Palestinian refugee (Arabic): "We Palestinians are continuously forced out of countries. We continuously get displaced from one country to another. What about creating another planet for us to live on our own, considering we are unwanted anywhere we go."

C/U Banner

SOT, Maha, Syrian Palestinian refugee (Arabic): "Unfortunately, we did not find our rights as Arabs in any Arab country or any country that treated us humanely. We are here to appeal to all the countries of the world, European and non-European. Because unfortunately, we lost hope [for help] from all Arab countries."

W/S Protesters with banner and flags

M/S Protester with placard

M/S Protesters with flags of Palestine, Australia, Canada, and the EU

C/U Banner reading: "We are looking for civil and human rights"

W/S Protesters sitting in front of banner

SOT, Mohamed, Palestinian refugee (Arabic): "Our only demand is to leave this country and live with dignity. Here we are deprived of our rights. We have no residence permits and we are banned from work because of the recent decision of the Minister of Labour, as you all know."

M/S Protesters chanting

M/S Protesters chanting

M/S Flags of Palestine, Australia, France, and the EU

M/S Protesters

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