Husn Camp

Husn camp, known locally as Martyr Azmi el-Mufti camp, was one of the six "emergency" camps set up in 1968 for 12,500 Palestine refugees and displaced people who left the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a result of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

The camp is 80km north of Amman.

Husn camp. © 2008 URWA Photo by Nidal Ammouri
Husn camp. © 2008 URWA Photo by Nidal Ammouri

The inhabitants were initially accommodated in tents, in an area of 0.77 square kilometres. UNRWA originally planned to provide stronger tents to withstand the harsh winters, but between 1969 and 1971 built 2,990 prefabricated shelters instead.

Over the years, many of the refugees have replaced these with more durable structures.

Major challenges

23 percent of Palestine refugees in Husn camp have an income below the national poverty line of JD 814, according to a Fafo Foundation report published in 2013.

Unemployment is the highest of the ten Palestine refugee camps in Jordan, with 18 percent of refugee living in the camp unemployed. Female unemployment is also the highest of the ten camps with 25 percent unemployed.

49 percent of Palestine refugees living in Husn camp don’t have health insurance. 


We provide services in 10 Palestine refugee camps in Jordan. UNRWA does not administer or police the camps, as this is the responsibility of the host authorities.