UNRWA statement on Palestine refugees in Syria
The current situation in the Damascus neighbourhood of Yarmouk and in rural Damascus, home to both Syrian and Palestinian communities, is especially worrying.
UNRWA calls on all parties to take steps to ensure the protection of Palestine refugees in the situation of armed conflict in Syria. To this end, the Agency requests all parties to the conflict to take measures, as required by international law, to preserve human life, to avoid forced displacement and to exercise the utmost restraint. All parties must respect the neutrality and integrity of UN installations and of areas where Palestine refugees and other civilians reside. UNRWA’s access and the supply of essential goods to affected communities must also be facilitated.
UNRWA has appealed to the Syrian authorities to safeguard the security of Palestine refugees wherever they reside in Syria. UNRWA will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves.
UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight.
UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.
For more information, please contact:
Mobile: +972 (0)54 240 2659
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0267