Three Palestinian children killed in Syria

02 September 2012
2 September 2012
During the evening of 31 August, the Damascus suburb of Yarmouk, home to approximately one million Syrians and over 150,000 Palestine refugees, experienced several explosions which appeared to be caused by heavy weapons.
Three Palestine refugee children lost their lives as a result of these attacks; two of them have been reported to be aged 11, 12. UNRWA was not able to verify the age of the third child. Other Palestine refugees and Syrians suffered serious injuries and several homes sustained damage.
UNRWA deplores the tragic deaths of the three refugee children during yesterday‘s events, noting that these most recent casualties illustrate a rising trend of conflict-related deaths in the Palestine refugee community.
UNRWA is gravely concerned about the destructive impact of the Syrian conflict on Palestine refugees and other civilians across Syria. UNRWA demands that all sides refrain from engaging in conflict in civilian areas, and that they comply with their obligations under international law.

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Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

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