Supporting Palestinian resilience in Syria: UNRWA's crisis response
19 February 2013
In the past two months, Palestine refugees in Syria have increasingly found themselves in danger and pushed from their homes, as conflict spreads through the country’s Palestinian refugee camps.
Palestinians’ relative safety in Syria, preserved to date by their politically-neutral stance, has effectively been shattered. They are now a particularly vulnerable group. Adding to this vulnerability is the situation in the region, making their presence and movements sensitive.
UNRWA estimates that of a population of 525,000 Palestine refugees in Syria, as many as half have been displaced. Some 400,000 are in need.
The majority of Palestine refugees in Yarmouk refugee camp and other Damascus area camps, as well as Dera’a in the south, have fled their homes. Many have reached neighboring countries, most have found shelter in schools or safer camps elsewhere in Syria.