We promote the development and self-reliance of less-advantaged members of the Palestine refugee community – especially women, children, people with disabilities and the elderly.
In times of crisis – whether borne of war and conflict or natural disasters – we provide Palestine refugees with emergency assistance, as we have for over 60 years. Assistance can include temporary shelter, wide-scale food and cash distributions or other services focusing on health and humanitarian needs. We also work with host country authorities on infrastructure repairs and the provision of basic necessities, such as clean drinking water.
UNRWA has responded to a number of emergency situations over the past decades, including:
The 1967 conflict, after which more than 188,000 refugees from the West Bank and Gaza fled to Jordan
The Lebanese Civil War
The first and second intifadas
The destruction, in 2007, of the Nahr el-Bared camp in Lebanon, which displaced 31,000 refugees
The hostilities in Gaza in 2008
The conflict in Syria
We worked to develop and deploy an emergency module, supporting Agency staff in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan in their efforts to respond to the ongoing conflict in Syria.
Partnerships: UNRWA is the second-largest service provider in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), and is focused on coordinating its activities with key partners, including Palestinian authorities, other UN agencies, the International Red Cross and local and international NGOs.