Maghazi camp

Maghazi camp is located in the centre of the Gaza Strip, south of Bureij camp. It was established in 1949 and is one of the smaller camps in Gaza, both in terms of size and population.

Maghazi is characterised by narrow alleys and high population density, with more than 30,101 refugees housed in an area of no more than 0.6 square kilometres. Most of the refugees who took shelter in Maghazi as they fled the hostilities of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war originated from villages in central and southern Palestine.

Maghazi camp, Gaza Strip. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam
Maghazi camp, Gaza Strip. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam

No construction or repair work can take place as the blockade prevents Palestinians living in Gaza from importing building materials. This has intensified problems housing the expanding population and maintaining the camp’s overstretched infrastructure.

Major challenges

Widespread poverty, unemployment, a shortage of available housing and lack of an adequate electricity supply are some of the challenges facing camp residents.


We provide services in 8 Palestine refugee camps in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA does not administer or police the camps, as this is the responsibility of the host authorities.

Quick Facts

Refugees in camps

More than 30,000 refugees live in Maghazi camp

Official camps

  • Maghazi camp was established in 1949
  • It is one of the smaller camps in Gaza, covering an area of 0.6 square kilometres
Unrwa In Maghazi camp


The Agency runs eight schools in the camp, two on a single shift and six on double shifts

Health Centre

One health centre provides primary health services to camp residents

UNRWA launched the #DignityIsPriceless campaign in Gaza on 22 January 2018. © 2018 UNRWA Photo Rushdi Al Saraj
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