Arroub Camp

Arroub camp is located in the southern part of the West Bank between Bethlehem and Hebron. It is situated mainly within Area B, although the section along Road 60 falls within Area C. An Israeli watchtower is located immediately outside the camp.

Arroub refugee camp. Photo by Christoph von Toggenburg
Arroub refugee camp. Photo by Christoph von Toggenburg

Arroub camp has one of the highest numbers of incursions of all refugee camps in the West Bank. Clashes are frequent, as is the use of tear gas, sound bombs and plastic-coated metal bullets by Israeli security forces (ISF). Arrests and the detention of children in Israeli prisons are not infrequent during these clashes.

Arroub refugee camp. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Dominiek Benoot
Arroub refugee camp. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Dominiek Benoot

As with other camps in the West Bank, Arroub is characterized by high unemployment, overcrowding and poor living conditions. Many refugees continue to live in substandard shelters. The sewerage and storm-water network is in need rehabilitation and contributes to flooding of in some parts of the camp during the winter months.

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REFUGEE CAMPS IN the West Bank

We provide services in 19 Palestine refugee camps in the West Bank. UNRWA does not administer or police the camps, as this is the responsibility of the host authorities.

Quick Facts

Refugees in camps

  • Approximately 9,850 live in Arroub camp
  • Population density is estimated at 50,000 p er sq km

Official camps

  • Arroub camp was established in 1949
  • It sits on .24 sq km
Unrwa In Arroub Camp

Schools

Four schools in the camp serve a total of roughly 2,000 children

Health Centre

  • One health centre provides primary health care including reproductive health, infant and child care, immunizations, screening and medical check-ups and treatment
  • Psychosocial counselling and family and child protection are also available at the health centre
Two UNRWA students from Gaza enjoy recess in their first day of school. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Al-Saraj
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