Ein el Tal (unofficial camp*)

As of 1 January 2019

All UNRWA installations in Ein el Tal camp have been destroyed. © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Ahmad Abo Zaid
All UNRWA installations in Ein el Tal camp have been destroyed. © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Ahmad Abo Zaid
Ein El-Tal camp is on a hillside 13km north-east of the city of Aleppo in the Syrian Arab Republic. The camp, also known as "Hindrat" (after a nearby village), was established in 1962 on an area of 0.16 square kilometres. Most of the inhabitants are refugees who fled from northern Palestine.

Ein El Tal camp was once home to around 7,000 residents. Around three hundred families moved to newly constructed houses in Ein El-Tal from Neirab camp under a 2003 project to reduce overcrowding in Neirab.

In April 2013, armed groups entered Ein El-Tal camp, forcibly displacing the entire population over a period of some 48 hours. The camp was a theatre of armed conflict until 2016, sustaining extreme damage in the process.

In the summer of 2017, families started to return to Ein El-Tal camp. Most of these families had been displaced to a government collective shelter in Aleppo city. As of the end of 2018, there are 90 Palestine refugee families that have returned. The camp is almost completely destroyed and lacks basic infrastructure including water, sewage and electricity.

Existing families in the camp receive all services provided to refugees in Syria, including relief and cash assistance.  UNRWA pays for transport from the camp to nearby schools for UNRWA students, as well as a mini bus public service in the morning and the evening for camp residents looking to work in the city. The Agency also provides health services through the mobile medical clinic which visits the camp on a weekly basis.

UNRWA facilities:
  • Three schools (all destroyed)
  • One food distribution centre (destroyed)
  • One health centre (destroyed)
  • One community centre (destroyed)
UNRWA programmes:
  • Emergency assistance
  • Health
  • Transport to education

*A number of so-called unofficial refugee camps were established over time by the host governments to provide accommodation for Palestine refugees. In all respects, refugees in official and unofficial camps have equal access to UNRWA services, except that UNRWA is not responsible for solid waste collection in the unofficial camps


We provide services in 12 Palestine refugee camps in Syria. UNRWA does not administer or police the camps, as this is the responsibility of the host authorities.