Ein El Hilweh, Lebanon
The UN's Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly visited the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein El Hilweh in south Lebanon today with Ann Dismor, UNRWA's Director in Lebanon.
Plumbly met with Palestine refugees based in the camp, and others who have taken refuge there after fleeing the violence in neighboring Syria.
“I have seen the difficult conditions in Ein El Hilweh. The plight of refugees arriving from Syria is truly distressing,” he said. “UNRWA has been helping, within available resources.
"The needs of Palestine refugees displaced from Syria were covered in the appeals discussed in the international donors’ conference in Kuwait yesterday. There is clearly an urgent need for more assistance” .
In addition to some 53,000 registered Palestine refugees that live normally in the camp, it is estimated that more than 4,000 Palestine refugees from Syria are sheltering there.
Plumbly also met with leaders of the different factions represented in the security and popular committees at Ein El Hilweh. Plumbly said he was encouraged by their efforts to maintain law and order in the camp, and to create a sense of unity.
He also met with representatives of Palestinian women’s organisations and of a Palestinian youth group, commending their efforts to improve the wellbeing of the camp, despite difficult conditions.
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