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  • UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini (2 from right) hands out certificates of appreciation for high academic achievement to two UNRWA students during his visit to the Damascus Training Center, accompanied by the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Syria, Michael-Ebye Amanya (left). © 2021 UNRWA Photo
    UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini visited Syria from 4-9 July 2021, meeting with Palestine refugees, UNRWA staff and senior government officials.
  • Dr. Al-Salti inspects a patient’s prosthetic leg during a check-up. © 2021 UNRWA Photo
    The public health system in Syria has been deeply affected by ten years of conflict. Both the damage and destruction of several health facilities, and outmigration of professional health workers have added strain to an already crumbling system.
  • UNRWA provides primary health-care services to Palestine refugees across its 25 health facilities in Syria and implements measures to protect them and its frontline workers against COVID-19. ©2021 UNRWA photo.
    The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) has contributed US$ 5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of its health programme in Syria. This very generous donation is part of a US$ 20.7 million agreement that QFFD provided to the Agency in December 2019. Conflict in Syria over the past decade has caused immense challenges for Palestine refugees, including deaths and injuries, continued internal displacement, large-scale migration to other countries, loss of livelihoods, and mounting humanitarian needs for basic survival...
  • An instructor and student during a course at the UNRWA Damascus Training Centre. ©2020 UNRWA photo
    Recognizing that education is a human right, one that is fundamental to helping every child achieve their full potential, UNRWA has worked for nearly 70 years to ensure that Palestine refugee children have access to quality education.
  • UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General Leni Stenseth in Yarmouk camp, Damascus, Syria. ©2021 UNRWA Photo by Noorhan Abdulhafeez
    During her first visit to Syria from 24 to 28 April, newly appointed UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General, Leni Stenseth met with Palestine refugees and visited UNRWA installations in Syria.. She met with several Government officials, including Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and expatriates, Dr. Salwa al-Abdallah, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, and Mr. Ali Mustafa, Director-General of the General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees (GAPAR).
  • Um Na’ela receives UNRWA cash assistance. ©2020 UNRWA Photo
    The protracted conflict in Syria continues to negatively impact Palestine refugees living in the country, as many were displaced from their homes while others lost their jobs or sources of income. These ongoing deteriorating socio-economic conditions, continued displacement, and protection concerns constitute critical challenges that greatly affect daily life.
  • ©2021 UNRWA photo
    In Syria, the protracted conflict continues to have a great impact on the lives of Palestine refugees, particularly the most vulnerable. With almost 60 per cent of refugees displaced at least once since the beginning of the crisis, many children have lived with their whole lives without a sense of safety and security. Fleeing their homes with their families, many were forced to live in collective shelters, damaged homes, or with relatives in crowded dwellings.

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.

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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.


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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