Ein El Hilweh Camp

Ein El Hilweh camp is located south of Saida in south Lebanon. It is the largest Palestine refugee camp in Lebanon.

Street scene

The camp’s inhabitants originally came in 1948 mostly from coastal Palestinian towns. The camp also hosts a large number of Palestine refugees displaced from other parts of Lebanon, particularly from Tripoli, who came to Ein El Hilweh during the Lebanese civil war and in the aftermath of the Nahr el-Bared conflict in 2007.

The ongoing Syria crisis has also led to the additional presence of Syrian refugees and Palestinian Refugees from Syria (PRS) in the camp.

REFUGEE CAMPS IN Lebanon

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

Refugees in camps

  • There are 59,660 UNRWA registered persons in the camp as of June 2018 *

*This figure does not claim to represent the actual number present in the country as, for example, Palestine refugees may have left over the years and UNRWA does not track the habitual movement of refugees out of its fields of operation.

Official camps

  • Ein El Hilweh is the largest Palestine refugee camp in Lebanon and is located south of Saida in Lebanon.
Unrwa In Ein El Hilweh Camp

Schools

  • Elementary and preparatory education is provided through a network of seven schools.
  • There is one school for secondary education, which is also frequented by students from outside the camp.
  • There are over 6,000 Palestine refugee students in the camp, including PRS

Health Centre

  • Two primary health-care centers provide general consultations, specialists’ consultations, mother and child health care, dental care, laboratory services and basic X-ray.
  • Secondary and tertiary care is provided through a network of contracted hospitals in Saida and its suburbs, including governmental, Palestine Red Crescent Society and private hospitals.
  • The health centers handle an average of 1000 medical consultations every day.