Nuseirat camp

A busy and crowded camp, Nuseirat refugee camp is currently home to more than 77,671 refugees. Set in the middle of the Gaza Strip, Nuseirat is very near Bureij and Maghazi camps.

Nuseirat, which takes its name from a local Bedouin tribe, initially accommodated 16,000 refugees who fled from the southern districts of Palestine after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, including the coast and Be’er Sheva. Before the camp was formed, refugees had to live in a former British military prison in the area.

Nusierat refugee camp. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Al Saraj
Nusierat refugee camp. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Al Saraj

The blockade on Gaza has made life more difficult for nearly all refugees in the camp, who now contend with extremely high unemployment. Very few families can provide for themselves and a staggering proportion of the population is dependent on UNRWA food and cash assistance.

Major Challenges

Ninety per cent of the water is unfit for human consumption, so basic hygiene is of a great concern. An unstable electricity supply, with frequent and prolonged power cuts, is also a great concern. Overcrowdedness and high unemployment rates are another two of the main 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

77,671 refugees live in Nuseirat camp

Official camps

It was established in the aftermath of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war

Unrwa In Nuseirat camp


Eight school buildings, most of which run on double shifts, accommodate 13 schools

Health Centre

Two Agency health centres provide primary health care, including child and mother care, to camp residents

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