Syria Crisis

Syria Crisis

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UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General Margot Ellis has inaugurated a rehabilitated school for Palestine refugee children in Qabr Essit camp in Sayeda Zeinab on the outskirts of Damascus.
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I wish to thank Minister Steinmeier, Minister Müller and the Government of Germany for holding this conference and drawing much-needed attention to the plight of refugee communities in times of war.
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More than half a million Palestine refugees are directly affected by the conflict in Syria.
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“Without the cash assistance we receive we would be lost,” says double amputee Imad Ali Mdardas. Like the majority of Palestine refugees living in Syria, Imad and his family have been left in desperate circumstances by the ongoing armed conflict. Before escaping the besieged area of Yarmouk in Damascus, Imad could not access the healthcare or medicine he needed to treat his condition. As a result, his second leg was amputated in a makeshift clinic in Yarmouk to prevent the spread of a serious infection. He is now wheelchair-bound. Persons with disabilities are profoundly vulnerable to conflict-related risks. In Syria, Palestine refugees living with disabilities have struggled to access the care and services they require. With EuropeAid funding, UNRWA has responded by providing rehabilitation services to 2,200 refugees to help them better cope with their disabilities. UNRWA is also providing prosthetic devices, including wheelchairs and hearing aids to an additional 1,000 Palestine refugees throughout 2014. Imad’s disability and poor health have placed an unsustainable financial burden on his family. Neither he nor his wife have a regular source of income. However, since escaping...


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Midyear Review of the 2014 Syria Regional Crisis Response

Midyear Review of the 2014 Syria Regional Crisis Response

UNRWA works to preserve refugee resilience through humanitarian relief

Palestine refugees from Syria have been severely affected by the ongoing armed conflict, with virtually all of their residential areas experiencing armed engagements or the use of heavy weapons. Of the total 540,000 Palestine refugees in Syria, almost all require assistance. Click Here to read more.

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The Syria Crisis and Palestine refugees

Three years of persistent conflict and deteriorating economic conditions in Syria have challenged the resilience of Palestine refugees and Syrians alike. Proportionately, displacement among Palestinians – conservatively estimated to be somewhere over 50 per cent – is significantly higher than the proportion of Syrians displaced by the conflict.

The vast majority of the population of approximately 540,000 Palestine refugees in Syria is now unable to meet its daily needs. A September 2013 needs assessment found that the most vulnerable – female headed households, the elderly living alone, people with disabilities and young children – make up about 30 per cent of the total population of Palestine refugees in Syria.

All nine Palestine refugee camps are affected by the conflict. This has caused not only extreme hardship and widespread displacement but also an unravelling of their social structure and support networks in Syria. Palestine refugees’ coping mechanisms are stretched by unemployment, inflation and lack of access to goods and services. This compounding poverty exposes them to new vulnerabilities. 

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Facts and Figures

540,000 Palestine refugees from Syria have access to protection services in 2014


Palestine refugees fleeing Syria encounter discriminatory treatment when trying to cross borders to safety, and their vulnerability in neighbouring countries is made more acute by their difficulty in acquiring legal status. Those who have reached Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt find themselves in a risky legal limbo and face living conditions so difficult that many decide to return to the dangers inside Syria. The particular vulnerabilities of Palestine refugees and their sensitive status in the region compound the already stark and violent devastation they share with Syrians.

Human rights are at the core of UNRWA programme planning and implementation. UNRWA continues to advocate with host governments to observe basic human right principles with respect to Palestine refugees, including protection from refoulement; equal treatment with other persons displaced from Syria; the need to obtain legal status; respect for basic human rights and dignity access to relief and other basic services, such as education and health; supporting and facilitating family unification; and access to legal assistance.



Funding Requirements

From 1 January to 31 December 2014, UNRWA will provide urgent humanitarian
assistance to up to 440,000 Palestine refugees affected by conflict in Syria, as many
as 80,000 to 100,000 Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) in Lebanon, up to 20,000
PRS in Jordan and up to 1,200 PRS in Gaza. The number of people in need
is rapidly approaching the total population of 540,000 Palestine refugees
registered in Syria.

For this period, UNRWA requires US$ 417.4 million, of which US$ 310 million will
be programmed inside Syria, US$ 90.4 million in Lebanon and US$ 14.6 million
in Jordan
. US$ 2.4 million is required for regional management and emergency response
outside of the purview of these three field offices, including cash assistance for PRS
families in Gaza. This is a conservative reckoning of what is required to address the
most basic requirements of a community unravelling and in acute distress.

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Total Appeal$417,400,000
Received to Date$197,700,000
52.64% Gap