The protracted conflict in Syria has severely impacted Palestine refugees who had sought shelter in the country after their displacement from historic Palestine in 1948. Then now 10-year war has resulted in most losing their homes and livelihoods. More than 60 per cent of their community has experienced prolonged multiple internal displacements over the years. Click on the images for a look at some of the key events that have marked the past 10 years, highlighting the courage and resilience of a community facing incredible challenges. For a full timeline, of events, Click here to read more.
The UNRWA mandate is a collective responsibility. Solidarity with Palestine refugees is clearly manifested at the United Nations General Assembly voting sessions on the mandate of UNRWA. Under this mandate, Palestine refugees have the right to a dignified life.
The Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, inaugurated an UNRWA school and health centre and visited repaired shelters in Dera’a refugee camp, in southern Syria
The European Union announced a three-year multiyear contribution of EUR 246 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
Young boys and girls surge into the streets of Yarmouk camp, Damascus. Their happy shouts and laughter celebrate the end of school. Even though Yarmouk lies in ruin, a consequence of conflict in Syria – now entering its eleventh year - the enthusiasm and passion of Palestine refugee students for education remains unphased. Jana and Rama are students at the UNRWA Said al-Haj Ali School. Since most UNRWA premises in Yarmouk, including 16 schools, were severely damaged in the conflict, both girls take a bus to school. Before the crisis started in 2011, Yarmouk was a bustling home to almost 30...
11 May 2022 The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reiterates its call to support Palestine refugees in Syria and in neighboring countries at the VI Brussels conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and of the Region.” There are nearly 440,000 Palestine refugees who still live in Syria and 50,000 between Jordan and Lebanon, having fled the conflict in search of safety. Almost all of them live under the poverty line and face immense daily challenges, including difficult access to sufficient food to feed themselves and their families...
The Commissioner-General of UNRWA Philippe Lazzarini called on the international and donor community to support Palestine refugees in Syria. After a visit to Damascus on 19-21 April
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About 400,000 PALESTINE REFUGEES FROM SYRIA (PRS) HAVE BEEN DISPLACED
The majority of the 438,000 Palestine refugees remaining in Syria have been displaced at least once within Syria –with some having been displaced multiple times – and over 95 per cent of them remain in continuous need of humanitarian aid to meet their most basic needs. Up to 280,000 Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) are currently displaced inside Syria, with a further 120,000 displaced to neighbouring countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and increasingly, to Europe. The escalating violence makes movement and access more difficult and causes severe hardship. Jordan effectively closed its borders to Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) early in the conflict; Lebanon followed suit in May 2015.
There are 31,000 PRS in Lebanon. Many of them have been pushed into a precarious and marginalized existence due to their uncertain legal status and face limited social protection, making them heavily reliant on UNRWA for their basic needs.
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Our ability to respond depends on the generosity of donors and the guarantee of safe and consistent access to those in need, in accordance with international law. We urge donors to maintain and increase their support in 2021 to mitigate the humanitarian impacts of the crisis in Syria, enhance the protection of civilians and prevent further suffering. We call on all parties to the Syria conflict to urgently pursue a negotiated solution and put an end to the violence, destruction, and violation of rights, dignity and humanity.
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