Ongoing armed violence in southern Lebanon refugee camp leaves 11 killed and dozens injured among Palestine Refugees

31 July 2023
Ongoing armed violence in southern Lebanon refugee camp leaves 11 dead and dozens injured among Palestine Refugees

From Dorothee Klaus, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon  


BEIRUT,

”Armed violence continues in the Ein El Hilweh Palestine Refugee camp in southern Lebanon for more than two days impacting civilians, including children. Families are fleeing for safety. 

“According to reports, 11 were killed and another 40 were injured, including one staff member of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Two UNRWA schools have sustained damage. More than 2,000 people were forced to flee in search of safety. 

 “In response to the urgent needs for shelter, UNRWA, with volunteers opened its schools to accommodate displaced families and is providing basic humanitarian assistance.  All UNRWA services in the camp have been temporarily suspended due to the violence. 

“UNRWA urgently calls on all parties to immediately return to calm and take all measures necessary to protect civilians, including children. We urge all armed actors to respect all UNRWA premises and facilities in accordance with international law”. 

 

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Notes to Editors  

  • UNRWA provides services to nearly 50,000 Palestine Refugees in the Ein El Hilweh Camp  

  • Download camp profile here 

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.

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Juliette Touma
UNRWA Director of Communications
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Fadi El-Tayyar
Field Public Information Officer (Lebanon)
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