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  • ©2020 photo by Dar al Mussawir
    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is deeply saddened by the deaths caused by the horrific explosion of 4 August that claimed the lives of two Palestine refugees, among many others. As the list of fatalities continues to grow, so does the list of damaged buildings, businesses, schools and health centres in large sections of the Lebanese capital. The daily operations of the UNRWA office in Lebanon continue while the Agency also lends support to the wider relief efforts in the aftermath of the explosion, for example by making its...
  • Dispatches from the field: Palestinian Institutions Answered Beirut’s Call – Tha’er’s story
    By: Tha’er Dabdoub, Head of the AMAN Medical Association in Burj Al-Barajneh camp When the explosion occurred, I was in the camp. First, I checked on my family, neighbours, colleagues and people from the camp. The picture of what happened was not clear. Then we drove an ambulance from AMAN Medical Center to the Hotel-Dieu Hospital to receive the corpse of the Palestinian martyr Muhammad Dgheim, who died in the explosion, and transported it to the camp. Then we moved to the site of the explosion and participated in the search for the missing and treating the wounded with our colleagues in the...
  • © 2020 UNRWA Photo
    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) expresses its solidarity with the Lebanese people after the catastrophic explosion in the port of Beirut. UNRWA fears that its aftermath will hit the vulnerable communities in Lebanon the hardest, sinking people such as Palestine refugees further into despair.
  • Nagham Al-Yazji, a 15-year-old Palestine refugee student from the UNRWA Beach Preparatory Girls’ School B, won first prize in the international Messages of Peace Poetry Contest. © 2020 UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan
    Chosen from more than two thousand international contestants, Nagham Al-Yazji, 15, was just named a winner in the 2020 Inspirational Messages of Peace Contest by the United States National Park Service and International World Peace Rose Garden. The competition celebrates messages of peace written by youth from around the world.
  • LENI STENSETH APPOINTED DEPUTY COMMISSIONER-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST
    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 18 June 2020 the appointment of Leni Stenseth of Norway as Deputy Commissioner-General of the UNRWA at the level of Assistant Secretary-General.
  • PRS children sit in front of their rented shelter in Beddawi refugee camp, Lebanon. © 2019 UNRWA Photo by Maysoun Mustafa
    Thirty-one senior European politicians came in support of the United National Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) yesterday through a letter that reiterated the essential role that the Agency plays in a highly volatile region.
  • Austrian Representative Astrid Wein and UNRWA Officer in Charge, External Relations and Communications Department, Arabic Language Spokesperson, Sami Mshasha, sign contribution agreements. © 2020 UNRWA photo by Marwan Baghdadi
    Today, the Government of Austria signed a multi-year agreement (MYA) for 2020-2022 amounting to a total of EUR 5.7 million with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). This MYA will support the UNRWA Health Programme in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). In addition, the parties signed a EUR 2 million agreement towards services under the Agency’s Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal in 2020. The contribution from Austria for the UNRWA Health Programme will support the protection of Palestine refugees’ health and will reduce their...