Three Palestinian children killed in Syria

02 September 2012
2 September 2012
During the evening of 31 August, the Damascus suburb of Yarmouk, home to approximately one million Syrians and over 150,000 Palestine refugees, experienced several explosions which appeared to be caused by heavy weapons.
Three Palestine refugee children lost their lives as a result of these attacks; two of them have been reported to be aged 11, 12. UNRWA was not able to verify the age of the third child. Other Palestine refugees and Syrians suffered serious injuries and several homes sustained damage.
UNRWA deplores the tragic deaths of the three refugee children during yesterday‘s events, noting that these most recent casualties illustrate a rising trend of conflict-related deaths in the Palestine refugee community.
UNRWA is gravely concerned about the destructive impact of the Syrian conflict on Palestine refugees and other civilians across Syria. UNRWA demands that all sides refrain from engaging in conflict in civilian areas, and that they comply with their obligations under international law.

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Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at more than US$ 106  million.

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