Official Statements

© 2014 UNRWA Photo
02 April 2015
UNRWA is extremely concerned about the safety and protection of Syrian and Palestinian civilians in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus, where since early afternoon today, intensive armed conflict has been ongoing between armed groups present in the area. Credible information from public sources...
Official Statements
UNRWA Commissioner-General, Pierre Krähenbühl. © UNRWA Photo
30 March 2015
I am in the Yarmouk refugee camp, Damascus, during an aid delivery. A man approaches me and utters three words, “I am hungry”. The sunken eyes in his face are equally eloquent. His fragile frame expresses volumes. He speaks for a people brutalized, a people sick of war. He is a living symbol of the world’s failure to...
Official Statements
Drowning of Palestinians off the coast of Sicily a ‘clear and tragic sign’ of untenable situation
19 March 2015
Statement by UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness According to latest reports, as many as nine Palestinians drowned off the coast of Sicily on 4 March. They were amongst 59 Palestinians who were part of a larger group trying to reach Europe from the shores of Libya. The fact that this group reportedly consisted of...
Official Statements
08 January 2015
UNRWA protects and assists Palestine refugees in its fields of operation – the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria – including during armed conflict and occupation. We do so in accordance with well-established humanitarian principles, including impartiality and neutrality, as well as international law.
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Margot Ellis, UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General
09 December 2014
Geneva, Distinguished Guests, It is with a great sense of disappointment that 2014 is ending as yet another year without a durable solution to the plight of Palestine refugees. This year has bourne witness to violent conflict in the occupied Palestinian Territory that has yet again caused the irreparable and...
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