UNRWA Appeals for US$ 23 Million to address Palestine Refugee needs following Israeli Operation in Jenin Refugee Camp

24 July 2023
UNRWA Appeals for US$ 23 Million to address Palestine Refugee needs following Israeli Military Operation in Jenin Refugee Camp

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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is seeking US$ 23.8 million for its multi-sectoral emergency response, following a large-scale Israeli Armed Forces’ operation in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank between 3-4 July. The two-day operation left 12 people killed, including four children, and another 140 injured. 

At least 3,500 Palestine Refugees were forced to flee their homes during the military operation and nearly 1,000 homes in the camp were damaged. Of those, 41 were destroyed and more than 70 were severely damaged.1 Camp civilian infrastructure sustained extensive damage, with nine kilometers of water and sewage networks, and almost four kilometers of roads destroyed. Several UNRWA facilities in the camp sustained damage. The UNRWA health centre, the only one available in the camp, was severely damaged and is now out of service.  

We once again need support to restore basic services in Jenin camp for Palestine Refugees, and help them rebuild their lives and livelihoods,” said Adam Bouloukos, Director of UNRWA Affairs in the West Bank.  

“We have started to receive pledges, including a very generous one from the UAE, but need more funds to be able to restore basic services, such as education and primary health care, and emergency cash and shelter assistance to affected families. We must also address mental health needs through psychosocial support to Palestine Refugees and first responders,” he added. 


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Notes to Editors  


  • Jenin Refugee Camp is home to nearly 24,000 people. Read more here 

  • This operation is the largest-scale Israeli operation in the camp since 2002. Affected Palestine Refugee families will receive a single payment ranging between US$ 1,200 and US$ 3,100[1] to help repair and restore damaged homes and replace household assets.  

  • To alleviate the burden for displaced families - 41 to date - whose homes have become uninhabitable, UNRWA will provide rental subsidies of up to US$ 1,800 for a period of three months while the repair or rehabilitation of their shelters is undertaken.  

  • The preliminary, average unit cost estimates for shelter rehabilitation of homes with major damage and those requiring complete reconstruction are US$ 10,000 and US$ 80,000 respectively. 

  • Read the Initial Humanitarian and Early Recovery Appeal for Jenin (July 2023) here. 

  • Read the latest updates on Jenin and learn more about UNRWA interventions, including SitReps, here.  

  • This Appeal comes in addition to humanitarian needs included in the UNRWA 2023 occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) Emergency Appeal, which is less than 20 per cent funded, as of mid-July 2023. 

Background Information: 

UNRWA is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. The United Nations General Assembly established UNRWA in 1949 with a mandate to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to registered Palestine refugees in the Agency’s area of operations pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.

UNRWA operates in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, The Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. 

Tens of thousands of Palestine refugees who lost their homes and livelihoods due to the 1948 conflict continue to be displaced and in need of support, nearly 75 years on.

UNRWA helps Palestine Refugees achieve their full potential in human development through quality services it provides in education, health care, relief and social services, protection, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance, and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.


For more information, please contact:

Juliette Touma
UNRWA Director of Communications
+962-79-867-4628 (on whatsapp)
Tamara Alrifai
UNRWA Spokesperson/ Director of External Relations & Communications
+962 (0)79 090 0140