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  • Teachers and volunteers from the Acre Boys School and Neirab Girls’ School in Neirab Palestine refugee camp prepare messages and gifts for the ninth graders © 2021 UNRWA Photos by Hala Dabalouni
    When Mona walked into her class to sit for her ninth-grade end-of-year exams at the UNRWA Jaffa School in Neirab Palestine refugee camp in Syria, she was in for a surprise on her desk
  • Recreational & sport activities during Summer Club for People with Disabilities in Sbeineh. © 2021 UNRWA Photo
    UNRWA Students Achieve 89.9 per cent Pass Rate in 9th Grade National Exams
    In July 2021, the results of the national 9th grade exams were announced: 4,535 UNRWA students (2,271 female and 2,264 male) passed, achieving 89.9 per...
  • (From left) Ms. Astrid Wein, the Austrian Representative in Ramallah and Mr. Karim Amer, UNRWA Director of Partnerships sign a contribution agreement for EUR 2 million in support of Palestine refugees. © 2021 UNRWA photo by Abeer Ismail.
    The Government of Austria signed a EUR 2 million agreement towards the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal in 2021.
  • Statement by Amanya Michael-Ebye, Director of UNRWA Affairs, Syrian Arab Republic 30 August 2021 Damascus The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees In the Near East (UNRWA) is deeply concerned by the damage sustained to its installations as a result of the ongoing armed conflict in southern Syria. On the night of 27 August 2021, an explosion took place in the Tariq al-Sad neighbourhood of Dera'a city, close to Dera’a refugee camp and the UNRWA schools therein. The resulting shockwave led to damages to two UNRWA schools (Al-Safsaf and Ein Karem Schools). The damages...
  • 15 August 2021 Damascus Since 29 July heavy shelling and clashes in the Dera’a Governorate in Southern Syria have caused loss of life, injury and the displacement of many hundreds of vulnerable families, including Palestine refugees registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). UNRWA is extremely concerned for the lives and wellbeing of some 30,000 Palestine refugees registered with the Agency in south Syria. Around one third of them used to reside in the Dera’a camp for Palestine refugees before the conflict, which suffered large-...
  • 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.

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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