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UNRWA delivers food assistance to 22,000 Palestine refugees south-east of Aleppo
17 February 2015
Like the majority of the 480,000 Palestine refugees remaining in Syria, the 22,000 in Neirab camp, 13km south-east of Aleppo, have suffered from the long-standing conflict. Access to Neirab camp was cut off for months at a time during 2013, leaving residents struggling to survive and exposed to intense hardship and deprivation. Today, as the conflict continues to rage in the Aleppo governorate, livelihood opportunities have disappeared, leaving Palestine refugees dependent on UNRWA humanitarian aid to meet their minimum daily needs.
The Emergency Response Fund (ERF) administered by UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has provided US$ 2.25 million to UNRWA in 2015 to purchase and distribute critical food and household items in Hama, Homs, Latakia, Dera’a and Aleppo, in Syria. Palestine refugees in Neirab camp were among the recipients.
With the conflict approaching the fifth year, the distribution of food and household items, such as those purchased with ERF funding, are becoming ever more crucial to supporting the resilience of Palestine refugees in Syria.