Camp No. 1 Camp

Camp No. 1, the first camp in the Nablus area, was established in 1950 and borders the Nablus municipality. 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 the Israeli military. Israeli military 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 Israeli military-related incident.

Camp No. 1 is today one of the smallest, yet the most densely populated, camps in the West Bank. 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 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

  • 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