In four years of conflict, the Husseinieh area in Syria has endured intense armed conflict. As Palestine refugees in Syria enter the fifth year of conflict, UNRWA has been granted unprecedented access to the area. Walking through empty streets which had been home to 40,000 Palestine refugees, UNRWA staff were the first humanitarian personnel to enter Husseinieh since the summer of 2013. This was an important first step for the Agency to assess reconstruction needs and bring life back to the area.
Husseinieh was vacated by its residents when fighting intensified. Today, the scale of destruction is significant. Large-scale reconstruction efforts are needed to restore electricity, water and sanitation networks, while nine UNRWA installations will require major repair. Many civilian homes are damaged.
The process of rebuilding Husseinieh will require substantial funding. UNRWA will engage with humanitarian partners in Syria to ensure the needs of returning Palestine refugees are met.