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  • 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.
  • Asmaa and her child in front of their home in Jordan. © 2021 UNRWA Photo
    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. The now 10-year conflict 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.
  • Nihaya Khalaily, 39, Palestine refugee displaced from Syria to Beddawi camp, northern Lebanon. © 2021 UNRWA Photo
    For the last ten years, Syria has been devastated by prolonged conflict, destroying countless lives and displacing millions. Palestine refugees, already displaced, have been among the worst affected by the crisis. Each displacement triggered by the conflict follows an earlier displacement -- the first generation of Palestine refugees in Syria originally fled from northern Palestine in 1948. Others came from the Golan Heights in 1967 and Lebanon at the height of the civil war in 1982. This is the story of Nihaya Khalaily, a young Palestine refugee who was married at the very start of the...
  • Thousands of residents of Yarmouk Palestine refugee camp in Syria line up to receive humanitarian aid after UNRWA regains access to the camp in January 2014, providing a limited quantity of food and hygiene items at a distribution area inside the camp. © 2014 UNRWA Photo
    Ten years after demonstrations started in Syria, over half of the Palestine refugees in the country have been displaced at least once because of the brutal conflict that ensued, including 120,000 who have sought safety in neighbouring countries, mainly Lebanon and Jordan
  • Thanks to the generous support and financial assistance of the European Union, UNRWA is able to provide sewing machines and mobile maintenance kits to Palestine refugees with disabilities, UNRWA Damascus Training Centre, Syria © 2020 UNRWA Photo.
    UNRWA is committed to ensuring that all its programming and services are inclusive and that persons with disabilities have equal opportunities to participate and benefit from the Agency’s assistance.

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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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.

WITH THANKS YOU TO OUR DONORS

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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