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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
24 May 2007

Thousands of Palestine refugees flee Nahr El Bared

UNRWA Beirut – May 24, 2007

Thousands of Palestine Refugees have fled Nahr El Bared camp since 22 May. The refugees headed to Baddawi camp located in Tripoli. UNRWA opened its seven schools and other installations in Baddawi to accommodate the thousands of displaced persons.

In coordination with other partners, more than 2000 mattresses and basic food supplies has been provided to the displaced. An emergency team from UNRWA was dispatched to the area and has begun a needs assessment in terms of food, water, non-food items, sanitation and shelter. Medical supplies and an additional medical team were also sent to the Baddawi camp health centre that started to operate on double shift in order to provide essential medical services to the displaced.

UNRWA has so far located 2353 Palestinian families displaced from Nahr El Bared camp, most of whom have taken refuge in Baddawi camp and the rest have moved south to Beirut, Saida and Tyre. The Agency continues to be deeply concerned about the families remaining in the Nahr El Bared camp. UNRWA will continue to bring basic food supplies and water to Nahr El Bared camp as soon as the security situation for the staff permits.

UNRWA is working in close cooperation with other UN Agencies, the ICRC, the Lebanese Red Cross, the PLO, local and international NGOs and other parties to assess and provide for the needs of the people of Nahr El Bared Camp, both inside and outside the camp.

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