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PA isolates West Bank camps

The PA’s crackdown on West Bank refugee camps and withholding of aid is adding to the marginalization of the youth.
Palestinian children walk past garbage discarded near a section of the controversial Israeli barrier, in Shuafat refugee camp in the West Bank near Jerusalem November 21, 2013. Marooned behind the wall, Israel's controversial barrier, the Shuafat refugee camp reveals the state's uneven treatment of Arab and Jewish neighbourhoods, creating a de facto partition of Jerusalem, which is the epicentre of the Middle East conflict. Picture taken November 21, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS SOCI
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — In the Balata refugee camp in east Nablus, in the northern West Bank, Umm Hossam and her family live in dire conditions in light of the grinding poverty and high unemployment rate that plagues the camp, which is one of the largest in the West Bank.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) security apparatuses have been tracking down the camp’s young men, some of whom are now detained under the pretext of being drug dealers or car thieves.

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