Askar Camp

Askar camp, established in 1950, borders the Nablus municipality in the northern West Bank. The camp population grew significantly between 1950 and 1960. Some residents subsequently settled in an area one kilometre away that is now known as New Askar. Residents of New Askar originally utilized many facilities in Askar camp.

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

However, as the refugee population in New Askar increased, UNRWA began providing education and health services in this locality. After the Oslo Accords, Askar camp fell under Palestinian control (Area A) while New Askar fell under joint Palestinian and Israeli control (Area B).

Askar camp is among the most densely populated West Bank camps. Overcrowding and unemployment are among the most serious issues. Poor shelters and cramped living conditions offer no privacy for residents in their personal lives, adding to the residents’ physical and psychological strain. Despite its challenges, Askar camp has an active civil society with numerous community-based organizations in the camp.

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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 in the camp is estimated at 155,462 per sq km

Official camps

  • Askar camp was established in 1950
  • The camp sits on .119 sq km
Unrwa In Askar Camp


  • Four UNRWA schools in Askar camp serve nearly 1,500 students

Health Centre

  • One health centre provides primary health care including reproductive health, infant and child care, immunizations, screening and medical check-ups and treatment