Mar Elias Camp

Mar Elias camp is located to the south-west of Beirut, founded in 1952 by the Congregation of St. Elias to host Palestine refugees who were displaced from the Galilee region in Palestine. The camp is built on an area of 200 square meters. It is inhabited by Palestine refugees, as well as a large non-Palestinian population.

The Palestinian population currently living in Mar Elias camp is Archive photo of refugees dancingcomprised of people who have had different migratory experiences, ranging from internal displacement because of war and conflict to other forms of internal migration (e.g. economic opportunity, the rental market, geographical location, etc.).

The ongoing Syria crisis has also led to an influx of both Syrian and Palestine refugees displaced from Syria into 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

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.