Camp No. 1 Camp

Camp No. 1 was established in 1950 and borders the Nablus municipality. It was the first camp established in the Nablus area and was thus named Camp No. 1. Because the camp previously received water from a nearby spring, it is also known as Ein Beit el-Ma’ or ‘Spring of the House of Water’.

Camp No. 1. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Dominiek Benoot
Camp No. 1. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Dominiek Benoot

The camp is located on the main road between Nablus and Tulkarm, a road that is often utilized by Israeli security forces (ISF). ISF incursions in the camp are not uncommon and frequently result in arrests, as well as damage to shelters. In 2014, one adult was killed in an ISF-related incident.

Camp No. 1 is today one of the smallest camps in the West Bank. However, with nearly 7,500 registered persons in the camp, Camp No. 1 is also the West Bank’s most densely populated camp.

Overcrowding has led to a lack of living and recreational space, which negatively affects residents’ mental and physical health.

Camp No. 1 has a very active civil society with numerous community-based organizations (CBOs) in the camp.

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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 4,600 refugees live in Camp No. 1
  • Population density is estimated at 166,666 per sq km

Official camps

  • Camp No. 1 was established in 1950
  • The camp is one of the smallest in the West Bank; it covers an area of .045 sq km
Unrwa In Camp No. 1 Camp

Schools

  • Two schools – one for girls and one for boys – serve about 900 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
Two UNRWA students from Gaza enjoy recess in their first day of school. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Al-Saraj
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