Shatila Camp

Archive photo of UN car

Shatila camp was established in 1949 and is located in Beirut, east of the Sports City stadium, falling within the municipality of Ghobeiri. The camp was devastated during the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and was frequently targeted during the Lebanese civil war, resulting in extensive destruction and dilapidation of shelters and infrastructure. Shatila camp and the adjacent neighborhood of Sabra in Beirut were the scene of a massacre on 16 -18 September 1982 that claimed the lives of a large number of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians. 

Initially comprised of around 500 residential units, the camp has grown tenfold since its establishment. Most of the growth has been vertical, with new shelters being erected on top of existing ones without proper foundations.

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 10,849 UNRWA registered persons in Shatila 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

  • Shatila camp was established in 1949 and is located in Beirut.
Unrwa In Shatila Camp

Schools

Health Centre

  • There is One UNRWA health centre in Shatila camp which provides primary health care to Palestine refugees from Lebanon (PRL) and Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS).
  • Services provide include maternal and child healthcare including vaccination, essential medication, laboratory testing, non-communicable disease services and control. School health examinations are also conducted and psychosocial support is offered to children in need.