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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
7 January 2013
Death toll continues to rise and humanitarian
needs continue to increase
Palestine refugee community increasingly
caught up in the violence
400,000 Palestine refugees in need of assistance
The situation for Syria’s 500,000 Palestine refugees continues to deteriorate. UNRWA, the UN Agency for Palestine refugees, estimates that 400,000 Palestine refugees across Syria are now in urgent need of assistance. Nearly 3,000 Palestine refugees have fled for Jordan, while another 17,000 have approached UNRWA for assistance in Lebanon.
The intensification of violence in Damascus over recent weeks has severely impacted the Palestine refugee community, as about three-quarters of the community live in this area. Shelling and clashes in and around Yarmouk camp south of Damascus city have forced most of the approximately 150,000 Palestine refugees living there to flee. Many are reported to have fled to other parts of Damascus and Rural Damascus, while others have left for Homs and Lebanon.
Conflict surrounding Sbeineh camp on the outskirts of Damascus has left its 24,000 residents struggling to access basic commodities such as bread and water. Jaramana (20,000 refugees), Husseiniyeh (30,000 refugees) and Qabr as-Sitt (24,000 refugees) camps have also been severely impacted by the fighting.
Palestine refugees in the south of the country are also affected, with most of the 28,000 residents of Dera’a camp currently displaced. UNRWA facilities in the area are largely non-operational. Neirab (21,000 refugees) and Ein al-Tal (6,000 refugees) camps outside Aleppo are increasingly affected, with intense clashes taking place in Ein el-Tal camp.