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The parliament ratified during its Tuesday session the draft oil bill and Palestinian rights bill.

The joint parliamentary commissions have been meeting since earlier in the summer to discuss the issue of a draft bill on oil exploration after studies conducted off the Lebanese coast indicated the potential presence of oil and natural gas fields.

The parliament also ratified during its Tuesday session a draft proposal to amend article 50 of the Lebanese labor law of 1964, to grant Palestinian refugees the right to work in Lebanon , the National News Agency (NNA) reported.

“Parliament approved a bill lifting former restrictions on employment for Palestinian refugees, who will now have the right to work in any field open to foreigners with benefits including social security from their own special fund,” the official told AFP.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) estimates Lebanon houses 400,000 Palestinians, though Lebanese officials have said no more than 300,000 refugees actually reside in the country.

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