Tulkarm Camp

Tulkarm camp, established in 1950, is located in Tulkarm City in the north-west of the West Bank. Built on an area of just 0.18 square kilometres, it is one of the most densely populated refugee camps in the West Bank.

The camp was severely affected during the second intifada by incursions, arrests, raids and curfews. Incursions by the Israeli military still take place, though on a more irregular basis.

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

The main challenges in the camp are overcrowding, unemployment and poor infrastructure. Specifically, the sewerage network is overburdened and experiences frequent blockages. The dropout rate in the schools in the camp is also relatively high.

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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

  • They originate from villages and cities in the Haifa, Jaffa, Kissaria areas
  • There are 27,228* 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

  • Tulkarm camp was established in 1950
  • It sits on 0.18 sq km, with an estimated population density of 119,444 per sq km
Unrwa In Tulkarm Camp


  • Four schools serve around 1,347 students

Health Centre

  • One health centre provides primary health care