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 military 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 Israeli military 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 the Israeli military. A 17-year-old Palestine refugee was killed on 17 May 2021 amid heightened clashes in the occupied West Bank linked to the threatened displacement of eight Palestine refugee families in Sheikh Jarrah and Israeli military incursions into the Haram al-Sharif compound. 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 of rehabilitation and contributes to flooding in some parts of the camp during the winter months.

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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

  • Population density is estimated at 50,000 per sq km
  • There are 15,642* Palestine Refugees registered in the camp as of 2022

    * This figure does not claim to represent the actual number of Palestine Refugees present in the camp but merely the number of Palestine Refugees registered with UNRWA in the camp

Official camps

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


  • Four schools in the camp serve a total of roughly 1,899 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