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Inside Syria, 13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.Less attention is given to 560,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria that have found themselves caught up in the conflict. They are survivors and children of survivors of the catastrophe, or Nakba, that befell the Palestinian people when the 1948 Arab-Israeli war saw 750,000 Palestinians become refugees. They fled or were forced to flee their homes into neighboring countries, including Syria. Today, the tragedy of their continuing displacement and exile, as part of a group of over 5 million Palestinian refugees across the region, is as yet unresolved. An estimated 450,000 of the 560,000 Palestinian refugees registered with UNRWA in Syria remain inside the country; over 60 percent of those remaining – 280,000 people – are internally displaced. Though Yarmouk has sometimes made headlines, all 12 Palestinian refugee camps in Syria have been impacted by the fighting. We are dealing with yet another generation of Palestinians facing dispossession, displacement, destitution and loss of life. The vast majority – 95 percent – of Palestinians in Syria are reliant on UNRWA aid.
Open letter from UNRWA chief to Palestine refugees and UNRWA staff
We must learn from young Batoul
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