Mar Elias Camp

The camp is located to the south-west of Beirut, founded in 1952 by the Congregation of St. Elias to host Palestine refugees who arrived from the Galilee region in Palestine. Its area is about 200 sq meters and it is inhabited by Palestine refugees, as well as a large non-Palestinian population.

Archive photo of refugees dancing

The Palestinian population currently living in Mar Elias camp is comprised of people who have had different migratory experiences, whether internal displacement because of war or other forms of internal migration (e.g. economic opportunity, the rental market, geographical location, etc.). These days, only a few Christian Palestine refugee families reside in the camp. (This paragraph should be replaced after editing from LFO).

The ongoing Syria crisis has also led an influx of Syrian refugees and Palestine 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 725 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

  • Mar Elias camp was founded in 1952 by the Congregation of St. Elias to host Palestine refugees from the Galilee region of Palestine.
  • Its area is about 200 sq meters and it is inhabited by Palestine refugees, as well as a large non-Palestinian population.
Unrwa In Mar Elias Camp

Schools

  • There is one school in Mar Elias camp. Kabri Elementary School is co-educational and comprises more than 200 students.

Health Centre

  • There is one health centre in Mar Elias that provides primary health care to the camp’s residents. It covers some 680 active family files. The centre is visited by an average of 50 patients per day.