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
© 2014 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad
18 March 2015
18 March 2015 | Issue 85 More than half a million Palestine refugees are directly affected by the conflict in Syria. The UNRWA response aims to preserve refugees' resilience through the continuation of UNRWA services and humanitarian assistance. For a more detailed overview, see the Agency's 2015 Syria regional crisis...
Emergency Reports
Marah, 6-years-old, displaced from Yarmouk in Syria. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Nourhan Abdulhafeez
12 March 2015
“I like the blue swing and I love to feel the air hitting my face when I play on it,” says six-year-old Marah Samour, as she enjoys the newly-installed playground in the UNRWA Haifa Collective Shelter in Damascus, one of 13 new playgrounds UNRWA has installed in schools and collective shelters in Damascus, Homs, Hama...
Director of UNRWA Affairs in Syria Michael Kingsley-Nyinah (left) and UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl during a visit to Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, 10 March 2015. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad
11 March 2015
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl visited Syria on 9-11 March to demonstrate solidarity with Palestine refugees and UNRWA staff, who have endured extreme suffering during four years of conflict, and to advocate for expanded humanitarian access. In meetings with Syrian Government officials, Mr. Krähenbühl...
Press Releases
Director of UNRWA Affairs in Syria Michael Kingsley-Nyinah (left) and Anis Nacrour, Acting Head of the EU Delegation to the Syrian Arab Republic. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Ahmad Al-Ameen
11 March 2015
Representatives from the European Union (EU) and UNRWA met last week in Amman to discuss UNRWA support to Palestine refugees whose lives have been devastated by the brutal conflict in Syria. The event commemorated the partnership between the two organizations, which has helped UNRWA provide critical emergency relief...
Press Releases
Photo Caption: UNRWA School, Husseinyeh, February 2015 Syria © 2014 UNRWA by Taghrid Mohammed
10 March 2015
‘Syria: Alienation and Violence, Impact of the Syria Crisis Report’ produced by the Syrian Centre for Policy Research (SCPR) with the support of UNDP and UNRWA, reveals the extent of dramatic setbacks in human and economic development as Syria has been ravaged by war. The average life expectancy for Syrians in 2014...
Press Releases