Rashidieh Camp

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Rashidieh refugee camp is located on the coast, five kilometres south of city of Tyre. Rashidieh was heavily affected during the Lebanese civil war, especially between 1982 and 1987. More than 600 shelters were totally or partially destroyed and more than 5,000 Palestine refugees were displaced. Remaining shelters need serious rehabilitation.

Rashidieh camp is divided into “old” and “new” sections. The older part was built by the French government in 1936 to accommodate Armenian refugees who fled to Lebanon. The “new camp” was built by UNRWA in 1963 to accommodate Palestine refugees who came from Deir al-Qassi, Alma, Suhmata, Nahaf, Fara and other villages in Palestine and who were relocated from El Buss refugee camp and Baalbeck by the Lebanese government. The ongoing Syria crisis has also led to an influx 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 34,584 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

  • The ‘old’ section of Rashidieh camp was built by the French government to accommodate Armenian refugees who fled to Lebanon. The ‘new’ section was built by UNRWA in 1963.
  • The ongoing Syria crisis has led to an influx of Syrian refugees and Palestinian Refugees from Syria (PRS) in the camp.
  • The ‘old’ section of Rashidieh camp was built by the French government to accommodate Armenian refugees who fled to Lebanon. The ‘new’ section was built by UNRWA in 1963.
  • The ongoing Syria crisis has led to an influx of Syrian refugees and Palestinian Refugees from Syria (PRS) in the camp.
Unrwa In Rashidieh Camp

Schools

  • There are four schools in Rashidieh serving more than 2000 Palestine refugees. As part of the Inclusive Education and Learning Support Program, a dedicated resource center within Ein al Assal School offers extra support to children with vision impairment.

Health Centre

  • There is one health centre in Rashidieh through which UNRWA provides primary healthcare that includes mother and child health services, dental care, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, specialists services and school health services.