Beddawi Camp

Beddawi camp was established in 1955 and is located on a hill, 5 km north-east of Tripoli. Throughout its first five decades, the camp attracted large numbers of Palestine Refugees displaced from camps such as Nabatieh and Tal el-Zaatar, which were respectively destroyed in 1974 and 1976. Further refugees came from Nahr el-Bared (NBC) after its destruction in 2007.

A Joint Security Forces Committee was established in the camp in 2018, which has helped to control an increasingly insecure situation in the camp. The Committee coordinates with the Lebanese authorities on security issues. 

The camp was damaged during the Lebanese civil war and witnessed several waves of displacement to the surrounding areas. The camp's population has grown most recently as a result of the Syria crisis. This growth has placed significant strain on infrastructure and UNRWA services.

Security and governance in the camp are the responsibility of Popular Committees and Palestinian Factions.

Updated August 2023.


We provide services in 12 Palestine refugee camps in Lebanon. UNRWA does not administer or police the camps, as this is the responsibility of the host authorities.

Quick Facts

Official camps

  • Beddawi camp was established in 1955 near Tripoli

Unrwa In Beddawi Camp


  • There are five UNRWA schools in Beddawi camp: two elementary schools provide education to students from grades one to six, one other school provides education from grades one to nine, one secondary school provides education in English to students and the fifth school provides education in French to students in elementary and preparatory classes.
  • In 2007, two prefabricated schools were established just outside the camp to provide elementary, preparatory and secondary education in English to students from NBC.
  • Collectively, the camp’s educational facilities cater to over 3,800 students.

Health Centre

  • The UNRWA health centre in Beddawi camp was rehabilitated in 2015 and provides medical services to an average of 259 patients per day. 

Social Safety Net Beneficiaries

  • A core focus for social protection is providing Social Safety Net (SSN) support to the most vulnerable Palestine Refugees. Assistance is issued quarterly to more than 1,436 families (5,539 individuals) in the camp.