Qabr Essit Camp

As of 1 January 2019

Children play at an UNRWA school in Qabr Essit camp. © 2018 UNRWA Photo
Children play at an UNRWA school in Qabr Essit camp. © 2018 UNRWA Photo
Qabr Essit camp, 15km from Damascus, is near the town of Sayyedeh Zeinab (granddaughter of the Prophet Mohammad). Her shrine is at a mosque in the town and is a site of pilgrimage. Qabr Essit camp was established on an area of 0.02 square kilometres in 1948, but the majority of the residents came in 1967. The inhabitants, who were displaced from the Quneitra Governorate in the Golan Heights during the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict, sought refuge for the second time in their lives in Qabr Essit. Most had originally fled to the Golan Heights in 1948 from nearby villages in northern Palestine.

Before the conflict in Syria, Qabr Essit was home to 23,700 Palestine refugees. Qabr Essit camp was affected by violent clashes that forced 40 per cent of the people to leave in late 2012. UNRWA installations sustained minor and heavy damages as a result of the clashes.

In late 2013, the situation improved significantly and UNRWA was able to rehabilitate its installations and restore operations. The rehabilitation of UNRWA installations was completed in 2016.

Many refugees who had been displaced from other parts of Damascus have now moved to Qabr Essit and the surrounding area, meaning double the original number of residents access UNRWA services in the camp. UNRWA has increased staff numbers in response.

Like other areas in Syria, displacement, unemployment, inflation, protection and security risks are among the major concerns shared not only by Palestine refugees but also Syrians alike during the ongoing conflict in Syria.The majority of Palestine refugees in Qabr Essit work as day labourers, government employees or vendors. 

Qabr Essit was established on an area of 0.02 square kilometres. The inhabitants, who were displaced from the Quneitra Governorate in the Golan Heights during the 1967 conflict, sought refuge for the second time in their lives in Qabr Essit. Most had originally fled to the Golan Heights in 1948 from nearby villages in northern Palestine.

UNRWA installations:
  • Two double-shift UNRWA schools
  • One afternoon-shift school in government school
  • One Food Distribution Centre
  • One Health Centre
  • One Community Centre
  • One Sanitation Office
Programmes in the camp:
  • Emergency assistance
  • Health
  • Education
  • Microfinance
  • Relief and social services
  • Sanitation 

REFUGEE CAMPS IN Syria

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.